Public Access to Deputy Commissioner Hearings Via Webex

By Eleasa Harris Allen

As you know, beginning this month, most Deputy Commissioner hearings will be conducted remotely via Webex. There is currently no indication as to when in-person hearings will resume, and it is safe to assume that we may be conducting remote hearings for at least the next several months.

To allow the public access to Deputy Commissioner hearings, the Industrial Commission has added a new Webex Hearing Links page to its website. Through this page, the public can view the Deputy Commissioner hearings from a computer or mobile device. Instructions for how to access the Webex hearings can be found here. The links on this webpage should not be used by the parties and witnesses participating in a hearing. Rather, those individuals must join the remote hearing through a link received via email.

Considering that, at least in the short-term, remote hearings via Webex are our “new normal,” and if you are curious about the process or anticipate having a hearing in the next few months, you may want to access and observe a June Webex hearing. It will give you an opportunity to see how the process will work and help you prepare for your own future hearings.