N.C. Industrial Commission
Buck Lattimore, Chairman
From: Buck Lattimore
Policy and Procedure
The following changes have been made to Internal Operating Procedures
- The Deputy Commissioner Section Internal Operating Procedure (IOP # 1) "Secured
Leave" has been
rewritten and made part of the Commission’s
Minutes. This policy now applies to both the Deputy Section and the Full
Commission. Please see "Minutes"
posted on our home page.
- Deputy Commissioners are no longer required to obtain prior approval for
orders of continuance and orders extending the time to close the record.
However, Deputy Commissioners shall promptly provide the Chief Deputy
Commissioner with a copy of all such orders. Orders should contain reasons
for continuances and extensions of time.
- Deputy Commissioners may allow continuances for compelling reasons only
and should close the record promptly, allowing extensions only when
absolutely necessary. Pursuant to Workers’
Compensation Rule 612, a Deputy Commissioner may allow up to 60 days for the
taking of depositions. Thus, a reasonable time in which to close the record
in a typical case would be 90 days, which allows 30 days for receipt of
contentions. When depositions are not necessary, or can be conducted sooner
than within 60 days from the hearing, the record should be closed within 60
days or as early as possible.
- Deputy Commissioners are not required to contact the parties when an
Opinion and Award is not ready in 60 days.
Commission · 4319 Mail Service Center ·
Raleigh, NC 27699-4319
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Internet Address: http://www.comp.state.nc.us/