N.C. Industrial Commission
Buck Lattimore, Chairman


To:      Interested Parties

From: Buck Lattimore

Date:  3/29/01

Re:      Policy and Procedure

The following changes have been made to Internal Operating Procedures previously posted:

  1. The Deputy Commissioner Section Internal Operating Procedure (IOP # 1) "Secured Leave" has been rewritten and made part of the Commissions Minutes. This policy now applies to both the Deputy Section and the Full Commission. Please see "Minutes" posted on our home page.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Deputy Commissioners are not required to contact the parties when an Opinion and Award is not ready in 60 days.

N.C. Industrial Commission 4319 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-4319
Main:  (919) 807-2500 Fax:  (919) 715-0282
Internet Address:  http://www.comp.state.nc.us/