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Workers' Compensation

Adjudication

Notice:

The Disaster Declaration statutory suspension of Section 449 of the Act requiring attestation of Claimant's signature by two witness OR notarization of claimant's signature is still in effect and will expire on September 30, 2021.  After that date, parties will be required to comply with Section 449 in full with either two witness attestations or notarization of the claimant's signature on the C & R Agreement.


March 27, 2020 Message from the Director of Adjudication

June 26 Update: Workers' Compensation "Green" County Guidelines for In-Person Hearing and Mediations

Announcements

  • The WCOA is pleased to announce the hiring of new Workers’ Compensation Judge Ashley Drinkwine who will replace the recently retired Judge Scott Olin in the Philadelphia hearing office. Judge Drinkwine will begin her statutorily mandated training beginning June 1, 2021. Congratulations Judge Drinkwine!


  • WORKERS’ COMPENSATION OFFICE OF ADJUDICATION TRANSITION TO MICROSOFT TEAMS

    WCOA will be transitioning from the Microsoft Skype for Business meeting platform to its successor Microsoft Teams. These two platforms are very similar in their teleconference/videoconference functions.  Stakeholders will still click on “Join Meeting” in the e-mail that is sent by the Judge’s office.  Remember to do this before the hearing or mediation to ensure that you have the application you need on the device you are using.  This will avoid delays.  WCOA will continue to utilize Skype to schedule events until February 28, 2021.  Thereafter, events will be scheduled using Microsoft Teams. 

    Judges currently using the WebEx teleconference/videoconference platform will continue to do so.


  • The WCOA RESOURCE CENTER is a one-stop shop for all of your WCOA related needs. Contact the WCOA Resource Center if you …
    • Need assistance navigating the WCAIS system
    • Need assistance navigating the Workers' Comp Adjudication process in general
    • Want to report WCAIS system defects
    • Have an idea to enhance the WCAIS system

    Submit a question or chat live with the WCOA Resource Center by selecting the "Contact Us" option from the Customer Service Center dropdown in WCAIS (www.wcais.pa.gov). You may also contact us via e-mail at WCOAResourceCenter@pa.gov or telephone at 1-844-237-6316. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

    Central District Hearing and Mediation Cancellation/Delay Policy
    Southeastern District Hearing and Mediation Cancelation/Delay Policy
    Western District Hearing and Mediation Cancellation/Delay Policy
    Eastern District Hearing and Mediation Cancellation/Delay Policy

  • Attorneys Filing UEGF Notices of Claims/Claim Petitions

    A Notice of Claim Against Uninsured Employer, Form LIBC-551, may be completed, signed by the claimant, and uploaded into WCAIS and will constitute notice to the Fund, pursuant to section 16-3(b) of the PA Worker’s Compensation Act, 77 P.S. §2703(b). If you cannot upload this form into the WCAIS system, you may notify the Fund of this claim by mailing the completed form to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, attention UEGF, 1171 S. Cameron St., Room 103, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2501.

    A Claim Petition for Benefits from the Uninsured Employer and the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund, Form LIBC-550, may be filed 21 days after filing the UEGF Notice. If you do not wish to upload the UEGF Claim Petition form via the WCAIS system, you may mail the completed petition to Office of Adjudication, attention Petitions Unit at 1010 North 7th Street, 2nd Floor Room 202, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1400.

  • WC FORMS NOTICE: The workers' compensation forms listed on the Department of Labor & Industry website are provided for your immediate use. However, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication require their use on the effective dates noted on the website. Previous versions of these forms submitted after their effective dates will not be accepted and will be returned to the filing party.

  • CIMS Claims Converted to WCAIS (effective September 2013).

  • Notice Regarding WCOA Email Resource Accounts: Email resource accounts have been created for all WCOA field offices. These email accounts may be used to send emails and certain documents to any WCOA field office. Additional information about the email resource accounts is available here.

  • Obtaining UC Information for Hearings

    Due to changes in Federal regulations, Pennsylvania made changes to the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Chapter 61 regulations, effective February 12, 2011. The regulations now contain provisions which limit the use of unemployment compensation information in courts. Information on how to obtain Unemployment Benefits Offset Information for use in Workers' Compensation claims in light of these changes is available here.

  • To request additional security for a hearing or mediation, please call the assigned judge's office and ask for the clerical supervisor. Please call as far as possible in advance of the hearing or mediation date, and be prepared to supply necessary information including the date and time of the hearing or mediation and the nature of the security concern.

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