Or. Admin. R. 438-082-0040 - Conduct of Hearing; Evidence; Proposed Order; Notice to Parties

(1) A record of all proceedings shall be made, except that no record need be made of prehearing conferences. The record shall be transcribed only by order of the Board.
(2) Subject to sections (3) and (7) of this rule, the hearing may be conducted in any manner reasonably calculated to achieve substantial justice.
(3) The entire record filed by the Department with the Board shall be received into evidence. No other documentary evidence shall be received. Only those persons whose statements were considered by the Department in reaching its decision shall be permitted to give testimony. Subject only to these limitations, there are no formal or technical rules of evidence; however, evidence may be excluded if it is irrelevant or unduly repetitious.
(4) If the applicant fails to appear at the requested hearing, the special hearings officer shall forthwith issue an order requiring the applicant to show cause in writing within ten days why the applicant's request for Board review of Department's decision should not be dismissed as having been abandoned. If no or an insufficient response is received to the order to show cause, the Board may dismiss the applicant's request for review of Department's decision or may take such other action as it deems appropriate.
(5) Not more than 30 days after the conclusion of the hearing, the special hearings officer shall file with the Board all documentary evidence received together with written findings of fact, conclusions, and a proposed order. Copies of the written findings of fact, conclusions and proposed order shall be simultaneously mailed to all interested parties.
(6) The proposed order shall contain the following notice:

"NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES: This order will be reviewed automatically by the Workers' Compensation Board within 30 days and will become a final order of the Workers' Compensation Board 30 days from the mailing date of this order unless this order is sooner withdrawn or modified by the Board. Objections to this proposed order must be in writing and filed with Workers' Compensation Board, 2601 25th Street SE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97302-1282 within 20 days from the date of this order to be considered."

(7) Hearings under these rules shall be open to the public except:
(a) The Board or a special hearings officer shall close the hearing to the public upon the motion or request of an applicant or, if the applicant is a minor, a parent or guardian of the applicant, for any of the reasons set forth in ORS 147.115(1); and
(b) The Board or a special hearings officer may close the hearing to the public upon the motion or request of an interested party other than the applicant or upon its or their own motion for any of the reasons set forth in ORS 147.115(1).


Or. Admin. R. 438-082-0040
WCB 5-1978, f. 4-14-78, ef. 5-1-78; WCB 3-1986, f. 8-28-86, ef. 9-1-86; WCB 1-1999, f. 8-24-99, cert. ef. 11-1-99; WCB 18-2022, minor correction filed 03/15/2022, effective 3/15/2022

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 183.310 - 183.410, 147.155(5) & 656.726(4)

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 147.155 & 656.726(4)

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