Electronic Filing System (EFS) - EFILE.DOL.GOV

The United States Department of Labor launched a new eFile/eServe System (“EFS”) on Monday, December 7, 2020.  EFS is the Department’s next generation, shared system for electronic filing in proceedings before the Administrative Review Board (“ARB”), Benefits Review Board (“BRB”), Employee Compensation Appeals Board (“ECAB”), Office of Administrative Law Judges (“OALJ”), and Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”).   

Use of EFS During Soft Launch

Parties appearing before OALJ and BALCA are encouraged to e-file using this new system.  Until further notice, however, OALJ and BALCA will continue to accept e-filings under the procedures stated at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oalj/FILING_BY_EMAIL.  Parties may also still opt to file by regular mail, courier service, hand delivery, or facsimile. 

The Chief Administrative Law Judge has issued an Administrative Notice addressing use of EFS in OALJ and BALCA proceedings.

Parties may visit https://efile.dol.gov to register and to review user guides, video tutorials, and FAQs. 

Rulemaking - Direct Final Rule Withdrawn; Comment Period for NPRM to Be Extended; Listening Sessions of EFS System on March 3 and March 5 

On February 25, 2021, the Department withdrew the BRB and OALJ direct final rules on e-filing.  The Department will reopen the comment period for an additional 15 days on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in a future document.  The Department will provide at least 30 days’ notice between promulgating a final rule that requires e-filing and the date on which e-filing will become mandatory under such a rule.  The Department will hold listening sessions on concerns raised about the electronic filing system.

Check the efile.dol.gov site for information on the listening sessions, which will be held on March 3 and March 5, 2021.

Please note that the Direct Final Rules were not withdrawn for the ARB and ECAB.

The original EFS-related documents published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021 pertaining to OALJ, are found at: