Some members of the compensation community believe that continuances by joint agreement of the parties will granted as a matter of course. Continuances are only granted for good cause shown. Agreement of the parties in and of itself is not good cause and, absent a valid reason, these requests will be denied.
The Commission is beginning the process of regionalization of the out of town hearings. Although we do not yet have permanent sites we have begun setting cases in two temporary locations. Currently, these are conference rooms in the Holiday Inn in Waldorf for Southern Maryland and the Holiday Inn Express in Cambridge for the Eastern Shore. There is no set timetable for obtaining permanent sites but as soon as they are chosen and/or built the compensation community will be notified. (*See November 27 below)
The Commission relocation will occur this weekend (Dec. 1 - 4, 2000) The new address is: 10 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-1641, telephone is: (410) 864-5100. Hearing Rooms are on the 4th floor. The Public Service Area (4th Floor) will be affected first. Microfilm will be unavailable after close of business Wed., November 29th, on site PCs and network will close Thurs., November 30th. Telephone inquiries requiring PC/Network will not be possible. PDN (Public Data Network) will also be down from close of business Thursday until some time Monday, December 4, 2000. Due to the complexity of the move and full implementation of the new network and technologies, sporadic service disruptions may occur. Baltimore City hearings for Friday, December 1 will be located at 6 North Liberty Street, 7th Floor. For Monday, December 4: 10 East Baltimore Street, 4th Floor. Your patience and understanding during this massive project is appreciated.
Effective January, 2001: Consolidation of hearing sites begins the MD WCC regionalization project. Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester county hearings are set in Cambridge, Holiday Inn Express, 2715 Ocean Gateway. Calvert, Charles & Saint Mary's county hearings are set in Waldorf, Holiday Inn, 45 St. Patrick's Drive. CLICK HERE FOR MAP LINKS.
The Centreville hearing scheduled for December 5, 2000 is relocated to the Holiday Inn Express, 2715 Ocean Gateway, Cambridge, MD 21613. A map link will be placed on the Centreville schedule for December when posted on November 30, 2000. CLICK HERE FOR MAP LINKS.
The Commission relocation approaches. Our new quarters, located at 10 East Baltimore Street (W.R. Grace building) are well under way. The Commission has signed a 10 year lease on the site. We will occupy 5 floors, each with a reception & waiting area: Information Technology occupies the 3rd floor; the new Hearing Rooms and Public Service area are located on the 4th floor; Adjudication on the 5th floor; Self Insurance, Claims & Processing Divisions and the Mail Room on the 6th; Support Services, Fiscal & Personnel Divisions, the Executive and Attorney General's Offices on the 7th (the only public area is the 4th floor). Four Hearing Rooms occupy the 4th floor and this reception area will be equipped with informational video monitors to greet the WCC's customers. The site's infrastructure has been updated to allow the Commission to facilitate its planned web based business processes. The Commission will say goodbye to the site at 6 North Liberty Street (since 1984) in early December 2000.
The MD WCC Re-Registration of all attorneys practicing before the Commission is still ongoing. Compliance has reached about 50%, but 100% is required. Many new registrants have also signed on. Those not re-registered risk the loss of notification of important news and changes of note to the workers' compensation community. Mailing addresses must be verified and email addresses collected for the distribution of the WCC Newsletter and other worthy notices impacting the community. Sign on now and there is no processing fee. Use the link on the entry page (HOME above).