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By: Peter Liu (Partner - Los Angeles

New WCAB Rules in effect today.  

Most important change is the meet and confer prior to the Mandatory Settlement Conference and the requirement of filing of Pre-Trial Conference Statement (PTCS) by the close of the MSC, which would arguably mean that the PTCS needs to be e-filed prior to the hearing for the telephonic MSCs the WCAB is currently conducting.  

The new rules also specify how hearings can be set for electronic hearing, the procedure if a party objects to electronic hearings, and requirement that if a party intends to appear electronically that good cause petition is filed.  

For now, it appears hearings will continue to be electronic and trials can be electronic if good cause is shown.  

See the details here, new regulations.