The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) offers an alternative to formal litigation in resolving workers' compensation disputes. Parties may choose to be represented by an attorney in alternative dispute-resolution or may participate without representation.
The 2013 Minnesota Legislature amended Minnesota Statutes 176.102, subd. 3, in part to provide that administrative conferences regarding vocational rehabilitation issues "... be held within 21 days, unless the issue involves only fees for rehabilitation services already provided or there is good cause for holding the conference later than 21 days."
Administrative conferences on Rehabilitation Request forms received on or after Oct. 1, 2013, will be scheduled to be held at DLI within 21 days of their receipt by DLI unless: the calendar shows one or more parties or their representative are not available; the issue involves only fees for rehabilitation services already provided; DLI learns there is a similar issue pending at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH); or other circumstances exist that constitute "good cause."
Immediately upon receipt of a Rehabilitation Request form, the department does one or more of the following: schedules a conference; intervenes and resolves the dispute; or schedules a mediation session.
After a conference is scheduled, continuances will be granted in accordance with Minnesota Rules, part 1415.3700, subp. 6. During the conference, a DLI dispute prevention and resolution specialist makes every effort to facilitate an agreement among the parties. If an agreement is not possible, an order will be issued.