RULE NO.: RULE TITLE:
60Q-6.103: Pleadings and Proposed Orders
60Q-6.107: Amendment and Dismissal of Petition for Benefits
60Q-6.108: Filing and Service
60Q-6.110: Mediation, Generally
60Q-6.115: Motion Practice
60Q-6.116: Prosecution of Claims and Petitions for Benefits
60Q-6.117: Emergency Conferences
60Q-6.123: Settlements Under Section 440.20(11), Florida Statutes
60Q-6.124: Payment of Attorney's Fees and Costs Other Than Pursuant to Section 440.20(11), Florida Statutes
60Q-6.126: Disqualification or Recusal of Judges
60Q-6.127: Procedure for Relief from Appellate Filing Fee and Costs
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Procedural rules for adjudication of workers' compensation claims were implemented on February 23, 2003, pursuant to the mandate in Section 440.45, Florida Statutes, that the Division of Administrative Hearings adopt procedural rules. Amendments to the rules have previously been made in 2006 and 2010. Since Sections 440.015 and 440.44(2), Florida Statutes, require that the workers’ compensation system be efficient and self-executing and that the Division of Administrative Hearings assume an active and forceful role in achieving that goal, it is necessary to amend the existing rules to conform with subsequent statutory changes and to incorporate changes that will improve the adjudicatory process based upon experience in utilizing the existing rules.
SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The procedural rules applicable to workers’ compensation adjudications before the judges of compensation claims.
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 61.14(8)(a), 440.45(1)(a), (4) FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 61.14(8)(a), 440.105(3)(c), 440.192, 440.20(11), 440.25(1)-(4), 440.271, 440.29(2), 440.32, 440.33(1), 440.34, 440.345, 440.442, 440.45(1)(a), (4), (5) FS.
A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
DATE AND TIME: Friday, July 6, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: (bridge by video teleconferencing): 1809 Art Museum Drive, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida; 1000 North Ashley Drive, Suite 309, Tampa, Florida; 5405 Okeechobee Boulevard, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Florida; and The DeSoto Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Lisa Mustain, Administrative Services Director, (850)488-9675. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Loretta Sloan, Executive Assistant, Division of Administrative Hearings, The DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060, (850)488-9675, ext. 221 or through the Internet at www.doah.state.fl.us or www.fljcc.org
THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.