2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 8 - Labor and Industry
Labor Ii - Workers' Compensation and Related Provisions
Article 43 - Procedure
Part 2 - Settlement and Hearing Procedures
§ 8-43-206. Settlement conference procedures

CO Rev Stat ยง 8-43-206 (2016) What's This?

(1) Any employee, insurer, or employer, if self-insured, involved in a dispute arising under articles 40 to 47 of this title may request settlement conference services from the director or the office of administrative courts in the department of personnel. However, such settlement procedures are optional and entirely voluntary, and no such procedures shall be conducted without the consent of both parties to the dispute.

(2) Settlement conferences shall be conducted by a settlement conference officer who may be a prehearing administrative law judge or an administrative law judge in the office of administrative courts in the department of personnel appointed pursuant to section 24-30-1003, C.R.S., and assigned to hear disputes arising under articles 40 to 47 of this title. The parties may agree on the selection of a settlement conference officer; except that such officer shall not be the administrative law judge who is regularly assigned to hear the employee's case. If the parties fail to agree on the selection of such officer, they may apply to the director or to the office of administrative courts for the designation of a settlement conference officer who shall not be the administrative law judge who is regularly assigned to hear the employee's case.

(3) Settlement conference proceedings conducted pursuant to this section shall be considered to be settlement negotiations and are confidential. No admission, representation, or statement made in the course of such settlement conference proceedings that is not otherwise subject to discovery or otherwise obtainable under the procedures established in articles 40 to 47 of this title shall be admissible as evidence or subject to discovery under said articles. No settlement conference officer who participates in settlement conference proceedings conducted pursuant to this section shall be compelled or permitted to testify about any matter discussed or revealed during such proceedings in any other proceeding under articles 40 to 47 of this title.

(4) The executive director of the department of personnel shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Such rules and regulations shall be consistent with the provisions of section 8-43-204.

(5) The director of the division of workers' compensation shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Such rules and regulations shall be consistent with the provisions of section 8-43-204.

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