263-12-015  <<  263-12-01501 >>   263-12-016

Communications and filing with the board.

(1) Where to file communications with the board. Except as provided elsewhere in this section all written communications shall be filed with the board at its headquarters in Olympia, Washington. With written permission of the industrial appeals judge assigned to an appeal, depositions, witness confirmations, motions (other than motions for stay filed pursuant to RCW 51.52.050), briefs, stipulations, agreements, and general correspondence may be filed in the appropriate regional board facilities located in Tacoma, Spokane, or Seattle.
(2) Methods of filing. Unless otherwise provided by statute or these rules any written communication may be filed with the board personally, by mail, by telephone facsimile, or by electronic filing. Failure of a party to comply with the filing methods set forth in these rules or statute for filing written communications may prevent consideration of a document.
(a) Filing personally. The filing of a written communication with the board personally is accomplished by delivering the written communication to an employee of the board at the board's headquarters in Olympia during customary office hours.
(b) Filing by mail. The filing of a written communication with the board is accomplished by mail when the written communication is deposited in the United States mail, properly addressed to the board's headquarters in Olympia and with postage prepaid. Where a statute or rule imposes a time limitation for filing the written communication, the party filing the same should include a certification demonstrating the date filing was perfected as provided under this subsection. Unless evidence is presented to the contrary, the date of the United States postal service postmark shall be presumed to be the date the written communication was mailed to the board.
(c) Filing by telephone facsimile.
(i) The filing of a written communication with the board by telephone facsimile is accomplished when a legible copy of the written communication is reproduced on the board's telephone facsimile equipment during the board's customary office hours. All facsimile communications must be filed with the board via fax numbers listed on the board's web site.
(ii) The hours of staffing of the board's telephone facsimile equipment are the board's customary office hours. Documents sent by facsimile communication comments outside of the board's customary office hours will be deemed filed on the board's next business day.
(iii) Any written communication filed with the board by telephone facsimile should be preceded by a cover page identifying the party making the transmission, listing the address, telephone and telephone facsimile number of such party, referencing the appeal to which the written communication relates, and indicating the date of, and the total number of pages included in, such transmission. A separate transmission must be used for each appeal. Transmissions containing more than one docket number will be rejected and filing will not be accomplished, unless the multiple docket numbers have been previously consolidated by the board.
(iv) The party attempting to file a written communication by telephone facsimile bears the risk that the written communication will not be received or legibly printed on the board's telephone facsimile equipment due to error in the operation or failure of the equipment being utilized by either the party or the board.
(v) The board may require a party to file an original of any document previously filed by telephone facsimile.
(d) Electronic filing. Electronic filing is accomplished by using the electronic filing link on the board's web site. Communication sent by email will not constitute or accomplish filing. Communication filed using the board's web site outside of the board's customary office hours will be deemed filed on the board's next business day. A separate transmission must be used for each appeal. Transmissions containing more than one docket number will be rejected and filing will not be accomplished, unless the multiple docket numbers have been previously consolidated by the board.
(3) Electronic filing of a notice of appeal. A notice of appeal may be filed electronically when using the appropriate form for electronic filing of appeals as provided on the board's web site. An electronic notice of appeal is filed when it is received by the board's designated computer during the board's customary office hours pursuant to WAC 263-12-015. Appeals received via the board's web site outside of the board's customary office hours will be deemed filed on the board's next business day. The board will issue confirmation to the filing party that an electronic notice of appeal has been received. The board may reject a notice of appeal that fails to comply with the board's filing requirements. The board will notify the filing party of the rejection.
(4) Electronic filing of application for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement. An application for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement must be filed electronically using the form for electronic filing of applications for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement as provided on the board's web site. An electronic application for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement is filed when received by the board's designated computer during the board's customary office hours pursuant to WAC 263-12-015. Applications received by the board via the board's web site outside of the board's customary office hours will be deemed filed on the board's next business day. The board will issue confirmation to the filing party that an electronic application for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement has been received. An electronic copy of the signed agreement for claim resolution structured settlement agreement must be submitted as an attachment to the application for approval. The board will reject an application for approval of claim resolution structured settlement agreement that fails to comply with the board's filing requirements. The board will notify the filing party of the rejection.
(5) Sending written communication. All correspondence or written communication filed with the board pertaining to a particular case, before the entry of a proposed decision and order, should be sent to the attention of the industrial appeals judge assigned to the case. Interlocutory appeals should be sent to the attention of the chief industrial appeals judge. In all other instances, written communications shall be directed to the executive secretary of the board.
(6) Form requirements. Any written communications with the board concerning an appeal should reference the docket number assigned by the board to the appeal, if known. Copies of any written communications filed with the board shall be furnished to all other parties or their representatives of record, and the original shall demonstrate compliance with this requirement. All written communications with the board shall be on paper 8 1/2" x 11" in size.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.52.020. WSR 16-24-054, § 263-12-01501, filed 12/2/16, effective 1/2/17; WSR 14-24-105, § 263-12-01501, filed 12/2/14, effective 1/2/15; WSR 11-23-154, § 263-12-01501, filed 11/22/11, effective 12/23/11; WSR 10-14-061, § 263-12-01501, filed 6/30/10, effective 7/31/10; WSR 06-12-003, § 263-12-01501, filed 5/25/06, effective 6/25/06; WSR 04-22-047, § 263-12-01501, filed 10/28/04, effective 11/28/04; WSR 04-16-097, § 263-12-01501, filed 8/3/04, effective 9/3/04; WSR 98-20-109, § 263-12-01501, filed 10/7/98, effective 11/7/98; WSR 91-13-038, § 263-12-01501, filed 6/14/91, effective 7/15/91.]
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