New filing fee rule for appeals takes effect July 1

FYI:  Starting tomorrow, the standard language in Expedited and Compensation Hearing orders regarding the parties’ appeal rights changes as follows:
The appealing party is responsible for payment of a filing fee in the amount of $75.00.  Within ten (10) calendar days after the filing of a notice of appeal, payment must be received by check, money order, or credit card payment. Payments can be made in person at any Bureau office or by United States mail, hand-delivery, or other delivery service. In the alternative, the appealing party may file an Affidavit of Indigency, on a form prescribed by the Bureau, seeking a waiver of the filing fee. The Affidavit of Indigency may be filed contemporaneously with the Notice of Appeal or must be filed within ten (10) calendar days thereafter. The Appeals Board will consider the Affidavit of Indigency and issue an Order granting or denying the request for a waiver of the filing fee as soon thereafter as is practicable. Failure to timely pay the filing fee or file the Affidavit of Indigency in accordance with this section shall result in dismissal of the appeal.
Please be advised that even if the Court heard the case before July 1, 2015, any appeal on or after that date is subject to the fee.

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