Workers' Compensation Division Judge
Office of Workers' Compensation
Position #: 50382876
Announcement #: LWC-107914-9-25-18LG
This position may be filled as either a Probational or a Job Appointment (open to all qualified applicants); a Promotion (open to all statewide classified and Agency wide permanent status employees); or by Detail to Special Duty or Classified Temporary Appointment. Current permanent status, classified employees may be required to accept a Probational appointment if selected.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
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Eligible for consideration
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review
Referred to hiring manager for review
The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.
(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.
Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Human Resources Analyst
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Possession of a license to practice law in the state of Louisiana plus five years of experience in the state of Louisiana as a practicing attorney, one year of which must have been in the practice of Workers' Compensation law or as an Office of Workers' Compensation mediator.
Either of the following will substitute for the year of specialized experience:
One year of experience practicing before an administrative tribunal, such as the Civil Service Commission, Social Security Administration, etc.
One year of experience in the area of personal injury litigation in which applicant was called upon to evaluate medical evidence and information concerning disability. Job Concepts
Function of Work:
To conduct judicial hearings in assigned partial districts (or region of the state) by presiding over disputed workers' compensation claims in a judicial capacity and to render final appealable judgments in these claims.
Level of Work:
Broad from Worker's Compensation Judge Assistant Chief or higher level authority.
Direct line over clerical support staff and contract professional services employees. Functional supervision over lower ranking attorneys and professional/para-professional legal staff.
Location of Work:
Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation.
Differs from other positions within the Office of Workers' Compensation by the responsibility for conducting and presiding over judicial proceedings.
Differs from Workers' Compensation District Judge by the absence of full administrative responsibility for a specific district in the State.
Differs from other Administrative Law Judge Specialist and other attorney jobs by supervisory responsibility, responsibility for deciding workers' compensation cases, statutory experience requirements, and finality of judgments.
Examples of Work
Handles a regular docket comprised of two partial districts or specific regions of the state.
Decides entitlement and level of workers' compensation benefits to be paid in disputed claims, and determines the percentage of workers' disabilities according to the Workers' Compensation Act.
Conducts trials on the merits concerning entitlement to benefits as defined by state or federal law or regulation and ensures that proceedings guarantee due process to all parties. This includes determinations of whether the jurisdiction to hear the claim is properly in state or federal court.
Analyzes pleadings in preparation for trials and other hearings. Determines appropriate action to be taken in connections with motions, evidentiary objections, and legal procedural matters either informally (prior to trial or hearing) or formally (at the trial or hearing.)
Prepares for trials or hearings by reading files, depositions, interrogatories and other pre-filed exhibits, and by reviewing investigative reports and surveillance and audio/visual media. Renders judgments by considering judgments and reasons of other Workers' Compensation Judges, appellate court and La. Supreme Ct. decisions and authoritative texts.
May administer oaths and examine witnesses. Rules on motions and admissibility of evidence according to the rules of evidence prevailing in courts of law and equity, considers and resolves the issues of law and fact raised in the trials or hearing of contested workers' compensation claims.
Reviews and considers testimony in detail, determines credibility and weight of evidence in making findings of fact, applies facts to the law, interprets and applies applicable state and federal statutes, and renders conclusions of law.
Drafts formal written judgments (setting forth facts, applicable law, and reasons for judgment) in a form suitable for review by a state appellate court and to be preserved for consideration by other Workers' Compensation Judges, employers, attorneys and insurers or other interested members of the public.
Reviews Motions for New Trial.
Makes a complete record of the proceeding to include therein all relevant and material matters, including exhibits necessary for review by a state appellate court.
Approves requests for appellate court writ or appeal and sets appropriate amount of appellate court bond.
Reviews requests for extension of time to prepare appellate court transcript and/or to lodge appeal at appellate court or to pay appellate court bond.
Reviews requests to dismiss appellate court appeal for failure to timely pay bond or estimated appeal costs. Determines pauper status of the appellant and may dismiss appeal for failure to pay appellate costs.
Functionally supervises the performance of the staff in each district while performing his/her duties in each district (programmatic supervision).
Exercises contempt authority pursuant to Title 23:1310.7.
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