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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the address of the Central Office of the Board?
     
  2. What are the hours of operation for the Central Office?
     
  3. What is the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS) electronic address?
     
  4. How long do I have to file an appeal?
     
  5. Are these 20 business days or 20 calendar days?
     
  6. What if the 20th day falls on a holiday or Sunday?
     
  7. How is an appeal filed with the Board?
     
  8. What does a Certificate of Service or Proof of Service mean?
     
  9. How do I file documents, correspondences, etc. with the Board?
     
  10. How long do I have to file a brief?
     
  11. How do I obtain an extension of time to file a brief? How will I know if my request for an extension of time to file my brief is granted?
     
  12. How do I continue a hearing?
     
  13. Can I (claimant) come to the hearing even if an attorney represents me?
     
  14. How do I withdraw an appeal?
     
  15. Why does it take time to get a decision from the Board?
     
  16. Can I appeal a decision from the Board?

1. What is the address of the Central Office of the Board?

1171 S. Cameron Street, Room 120B, Harrisburg, PA 17104.

2. What are the hours of operation for the Central Office?

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

3. What is the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS) electronic address?

https://www.wcais.pa.gov

4. How long do I have to file an appeal?

An aggrieved party has 20 days from the circulation date of the Workers’ Compensation Judge’s decision to file an appeal.

5. Are these 20 business days or 20 calendar days?

It is 20 CALENDAR days.

6. What if the 20th day falls on a holiday or Sunday?

You would then have until the following day.

7. How is an appeal filed with the Board?

Whether filing electronically or by paper, follow the instructions here. Appeals cannot be faxed or emailed to the Board.

8. What does a Certificate of Service or Proof of Service mean?

(A) a statement of the date of service; (B) the names of parties and Judge served; and (C) the mailing address, the applicable zip code, and the manner of service on the parties and Judge served.

9. How do I file documents, correspondences, etc. with the Board?

Documents, correspondences, etc. can be electronically filed using WCAIS or mailed to the Board. If choosing to use mail, all materials should be filed directly with the Board Secretary at the Board’s Central Office.

10. How long do I have to file a brief?

The appellant’s (petitioner) brief is due at the time of oral argument (or before). Opposing party’s brief is due 30 days after oral argument. [See 34 Pa.Code § 111.16. Briefs: content and form and time for filing.]

11. How do I obtain an extension of time to file a brief? How will I know if my request for an extension of time to file my brief is granted?

A party can request an extension of time to file a brief using WCAIS. A party can also make such a request by mail or fax to the Board Secretary at the Central Office, copying all parties of record. Initial 15- or 30-day extensions are granted, while subsequent extensions are granted or denied at the discretion of the Board Member reviewing your case. You will receive notification from the Board, through WCAIS or by mail, about the extension.

12. How do I continue a hearing?

A party requesting a continuance must contact opposing counsel for his or her agreement. Upon obtaining agreement, the requesting party can continue the hearing by filing a continuance request: 1) in WCAIS, 2) by mail to the Central Office of the Board, or 3) by fax at 717-772-0343. If the requesting party does not obtain agreement from opposing counsel, a hearing continuance request will be granted at the discretion of the Board.

13. Can I (claimant) come to the hearing even if an attorney represents me?

Yes, our hearings are open to the public.

14. How do I withdraw an appeal?

An appeal can be withdrawn using WCAIS, or can be withdrawn by sending or faxing a letter to the Board Secretary at the Central Office and copying all parties, including the Workers’ Compensation Judge who issued the decision, indicating that you wish to withdraw the appeal pending before the Board. An appeal can only be withdrawn by the appellant.

15. Why does it take time to get a decision from the Board?

Following oral argument of your case, the case is assigned to a Board Member (also known as a Commissioner) for review. The record (testimony, depositions and exhibits) from the Workers’ Compensation Judge must be verified for completeness. The case then waits for opposing party’s briefs to be filed, and there can be more than one opposing party. The record, briefs and notes from oral argument are then reviewed by the Board Member, who authors an opinion and order. This opinion and order is then circulated to the other members of the Board for their concurrence or dissent. Once Board members have completed their consideration, the opinion and order is published and mailed to the parties.

16. Can I appeal a decision from the Board?

Yes, you can. If you are not in agreement with the Board's decision, any aggrieved party has 30 days from the date of our decision to appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions regarding the procedure to file a Petition for Review, please contact the Commonwealth Court at (717) 255-1650.