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Revised Guidelines for In-Person Deputy Commissioner Hearings

By Barry Jennings The North Carolina Industrial Commission has recently revised its guidelines for In-Person Deputy Commissioner Hearings. Those guidelines can be found here. The revisions came after Chief Justice Beasley’s July 16, 2020, Order and Emergency Directive 21 related to face coverings in courthouses. The Emergency Directive requires all persons in a court facility […]

NCIC Guidelines for Hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Barry Jennings  The practice of workers’ compensation law in North Carolina continues to adapt to the challenges we all face associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, the North Carolina Industrial Commission is primarily holding hearings via video conference on the WebEx platform. In certain limited matters, in person hearings are taking place when ordered by […]

NCIC Mediation Policy Update as of June 1, 2020

On May 30, 2020, the Industrial Commission issued an update to its mediation policies effective June 1, 2020. The updated policies are below: May 30, 2020 Update: Industrial Commission Mediation Policies as of June 1, 2020 Consistent with current directives and recommendations as detailed below, as of June 1, 2020, mediations in Industrial Commission cases […]

Hearing Update from the North Carolina Industrial Commission

Update from the North Carolina Industrial Commission Deputy Commissioner Hearings (Non-Medical Motion Hearings) will resume in June 2020 via Webex. Below is information from the Industrial Commission’s website concerning the current policies/procedures for these hearings: The Commission is pleased to announce that Deputy Commissioners will resume hearing all types of workers’ compensation cases in June […]

NCIC COVID-19 Hearing & Mediation Updates

By Eleasa Allen Update from the North Carolina Industrial Commission The Industrial Commission has issued the following policies for Full Commission hearings, Deputy Commissioner medical motion hearings, and Executive Secretary’s Office informal hearings, which have been posted to the NCIC website. These policies are effective June 1, 2020. Policies for Deputy Commissioner hearings (non-medical motion […]

Getting Your Thoughts on Zoom

By Barry Jennings  On May 28, 2020, at 4 p.m., the NCBA Workers’ Compensation Section is hosting a free brief presentation/informal discussion and social hour on the topic of “Zoom” mediations. Ketan Soni will be giving a brief presentation on video conference mediations and the Zoom application. Ketan is an attorney in the Charlotte area […]

A Message from the Chair

By Eleasa Allen On Thursday, May 7, the Workers’ Compensation Section Council held its last quarterly meeting of the 2019-2020 Bar Year. Due to the ongoing public health situation, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom and telephone call-in, which as anyone who has participated in a multi-person virtual conference can confirm, was interesting, to […]

Virtual Mediations

By Kate Deiter-Maradei Right now, the NCIC has mandated that all mediations must be conducted virtually until June 1, 2020. This time frame could change, so it is important to stay apprised of any changes reflected on both the NCIC website and the NC DRC website. In-person mediations are the most effective particularly when parties […]