Chief ALJ Administrative Orders and Notices

Telephone and Video Hearings

On June 1, 2020, the Chief ALJ issued an Administrative Order and Notice, 2020-MIS-00008 (Chief ALJ June 1, 2020), directing that until further notice hearings will be conducted by telephone or video, unless the presiding ALJ approves a party’s request for a hearing where persons are in the same physical location. If a party believes it is necessary to continue a hearing due to case preparation challenges caused by the coronavirus, that party shall promptly file a motion explaining the circumstances supporting the continuance. See 29 C.F.R. § 18.41(b)(1).

Suspension of Procedural Deadlines Ended on June 1, 2020

The Chief ALJ's Administrative Order and Notice tolling and suspending procedural deadlines lapsed at the close of business on Monday, June 1, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020, procedural deadlines will be applied based on applicable regulation or order of the presiding ALJ.

As specified in the Chief ALJ's April 10, 2020 Supplemental Administrative Order and Notice, deadlines for filings affected by the March 23, 2020, to June 1, 2020, tolling can be calculated by adding the number of days remaining as of March 23, 2020, to the period after June 1, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding ALJ.
 

Filing by Email and Conventional Means

Receipt of U.S. Postal Service mail and UPS deliveries is limited in OALJ’s offices in Cincinnati, OH, Covington, LA, Newport News, VA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Receipt of mail in OALJ’s Boston, MA, Cherry Hill, NJ, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC offices may be delayed. In order to ensure timely receipt of filings, parties are encouraged to file by email.

See Requirements for filing by email for information on how to file with OALJ by email.

Electronic Service

Service by Email

The Chief ALJ issued an Administrative Notice, 2020-MIS-00007 (Chief ALJ Apr. 16, 2020), providing information on how OALJ will serve orders and decisions during the pandemic. In sum, where email addresses are available, OALJ will use electronic service on the parties, attorneys and/or non-attorney representatives.

Preventing Incoming Emails From Being Classified as Spam

Some email services may classify emails from OALJ’s eService system as spam. Thus, you should periodically review your junk email box to make sure you are not missing served documents.

You can generally prevent this from happening by adding OALJSQLMail@dol.gov to the contacts or address book for the email account.

You can also check your particular email service on additional methods for marking messages as legitimate.  For example:

Another reason you may not be receiving documents is that spam software residing on your email server is filtering them out. If this appears to be happening, please contact your email administrator and ask that they add OALJSQLMail@dol.gov to your email server’s White List.

Electronic Signatures

Summary of the regulations governing the use of electronic signatures on documents filed with OALJ.

Subpoena Requests

General procedures

Mailed requests: For requesting subpoenas by mail, follow the procedures found on the general Subpoenas page.

Emailed requests: For requesting subpoenas by email, follow the procedures found on Subpoena Processing - New Electronic Options.

Cases pending before OWCP District Director

Cases with U.S. Claimant: When requesting subpoenas in longshore and Defense Base Act cases pending before the District Director with a U.S. claimant, direct the request to the OALJ District Office that services the compensation district suboffice in which the claims is pending.

Cases with non-U.S. Claimant: When requesting subpoenas in longshore and Defense Base Act cases pending before the District Director with a non-U.S. claimant, direct the subpoena request to OALJ’s National office.

Appeals to the ARB and BRB

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administrative Review Board (ARB) and the Benefits Review Board (BRB) are encouraging parties to use the Boards’ Electronic File and Service Request System (EFSR) to file appeals and other documents.