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Responding to an Appeal

Responding to an appeal

When WCAT receives an appeal from a worker or employer, we invite anyone who may be directly affected by the appeal to participate in it as a respondent.

We provide all possible respondents with the following information, even if they choose not to participate in the appeal:

If we receive a notice of appeal involving you, we will send you the following:

You will then have 14 days to complete and send in the Notice of Participation form telling us you wish to be a respondent and whether you will use a representative to assist you.

If you choose to participate in the appeal as a respondent, we will also provide you with the following:

After you register as a respondent, we will ask WorkSafeBC to send you disclosure (either a full or an updated copy of the WorkSafeBC file). You should read it when it arrives. You will then know what evidence and policies the Review Division relied on to make the decision under appeal. You can then decide what new evidence you might want to provide us. You should begin gathering your new evidence and information now. For more information about evidence, .

If the appeal proceeds by oral hearing, we will let you know the date and time so that you can attend. We hold oral hearings in many locations throughout British Columbia. We usually hold hearings in person, but sometimes we use teleconferences instead. For more information about oral hearings, .

If you do not attend the oral hearing, we will not send you any more information about the appeal, including any evidence we receive at or after the hearing. However, we will send you a copy of our final decision on the appeal.

If the appeal proceeds by written submissions, we will send you a copy of the appellant's written submission and evidence. We will also invite you to provide us with your own written submission and evidence. For more information about written submissions, .

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