§ 131.59a. Voluntary mediation.

 (a)  If all parties and the adjudicating judge agree, the adjudicating judge may conduct the voluntary mediation and may subsequently participate in a decision on the merits of the petition or petitions if they are not resolved amicably.

 (b)  Voluntary mediation activities conducted by judges are confidential.

 (c)  Subsections (a) and (b) supersede 1 Pa. Code § §  31.21—31.23, 35.111—35.116 and 35.188.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  131.59a issued under sections 401.1 and 435(a) and (c) of the Workers’ Compensation Act (77 P. S. § §  710 and 991(a) and (c)); section 2205 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  565); and section 414 of The Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act (77 P. S. §  1514).

Source

   The provisions of this §  131.59a adopted October 16, 2009, effective October 17, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 6038.

Cross References

   This section cited in 34 Pa. Code §  131.5 (relating to definitions).



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