October 28, 2010

Honorable Richard S. (Rick) Thompson’s State of the Board address

by Mike Rosetti

Chairman Thompson delivered a “State of the Board” address to the attendees, addressing some legislative changes as well as important trends.

A. Appellate Division Award to be Published

The most significant legislative update was the requirement that the Board publish Appellate Division awards. While these awards are not necessarily binding precedent, they are persuasive authority and give parties an opportunity to see how the Board is addressing recurring issues.

B.Settlements approved with greater speed; fewer settlements generally

Chairman Thompson referenced the statistics kept by the Board documenting the increased speed with which settlements are approved. In calendar years 2008 and 2009, there were no months in which 90% of settlement were approved within 10 days. By contrast, in every month of this year, at least 90% of settlements were approved within 10 days. Of note, the statistics demonstrated there are fewer settlements being submitted to the Board. In 2009, there were an average of 1,335 settlement submitted to the Board for approval per month. For the first seven months of 2010, there was an average of 1,115 settlement submitted.

C. ALJ Awards issued with greater speed

The speed with which ALJ awards are issued has increased dramatically. In October 2009, only 44% of awards were issued within 60 days. By contrast, in June 2010 (the last month statistics were available), 97% of awards were issued within 60 days of the hearing.


The theme of Judge Thompson’s report was that the Board is operating with greater efficiency, and the statistics bear this out. This is beneficial for all parties as quicker resolutions usually lead to decreased costs.

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