Richmond, VA – The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission recently released its new policies regarding mediation, which will go into effect on July 1, 2012. The new policy updates are as follows:
Effective July 1, 2012, if a mediation scheduled by the Clerk’s Office is cancelled, continued, or otherwise removed from the mediation calendar at the request of one or both of the parties, it may not be rescheduled with any Commission mediator unless the mediator to whom it is originally assigned agrees that good and sufficient cause for the removal is shown. In general, failure to obtain authority will not constitute good or sufficient cause for rescheduling mediation.
Effective July 1, 2012, the Commission requires that all parties to mediation participate in the mediation at the scheduled time either in person or by telephone conference call. Exceptions to this rule may be obtained only from the mediator to whom a case is assigned prior to the mediation, and upon agreement of the other parties. An employer and insurer may satisfy this requirement by having a joint representative participate in the mediation.
Source: VA WCC