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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 […]

North Carolina Industrial Commission April 2020 Quarterly Update

Full Commission Section and General / Administrative Updates In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has instituted several new policies to help protect public health and safety, including new policies for hearings and mediations and new policies for accepting electronic signatures on agreements and accepting written affirmations without notarization. These new policies are posted […]

Update on Pro Bono Efforts

By Mallory Lidaka and Samantha Aktug Hello Section Members!  We hope everyone is staying healthy (and sane!) during these uncertain times. We want to first thank everyone for participating in our initial Pro Bono effort for the year during the Annual Conference in February. Free Legal Answers participation has grown since that time, and we […]

A Message from the Chair

By Eleasa Harris Allen Over the last several weeks, we have experienced things in our professional and personal lives that none of us would have contemplated just a couple of months ago. Most court cases have been continued until June 1. We are learning to work remotely. We are conducting meetings and mediations via Zoom […]

NCIC COVID-19 Response Updates

On April 2, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an Order that, among other things, directed that all superior and district court proceedings be scheduled or rescheduled for a date no sooner than June 1, 2020. Shortly thereafter, the North Carolina Industrial Commission issued the following revised/updated policies regarding Deputy Commissioner hearings and mediations: Deputy […]