§ 129.1602. Order to show cause/penalties.
Whenever the Department has information, through its own investigation or through complaint by any party, upon which it believes that an insurer, individual self-insured employer or group self-insurance fund has failed to establish, maintain or provide accident and illness prevention programs or services, using qualified personnel, and to provide proof of those programs or services required under the act, or upon which it believes that an applicant-employer has misrepresented that it has established or maintained a certified workplace safety committee according to Department criteria, the Department may serve upon the insurer, individual self-insured employer or group self-insurance fund, or applicant-employer an order to show cause why the respondent should not be found in violation of Chapter 7E of the act (77 P. S. § § 1038.1 and 1038.2) or related regulations and civil penalties assessed. The order to show cause will set forth the particulars of the alleged violation.
(1) An answer to the order to show cause shall be filed no later than 20 days following the date that the order to show cause is served on the respondent.
(2) The Director of the Bureau will assign the order to show cause to an impartial hearing officer who will schedule a hearing. The hearing officer will provide notice to the parties of the hearing date, time and place.
(3) The hearing will be conducted in a manner as to provide the parties with an opportunity to be heard and, when applicable, will be conducted under 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure). The hearing officer will not be bound by strict rules of evidence.
(4) Testimony will be recorded and a full record kept of the proceeding.
(5) If the respondent fails to answer or fails to appear in person or by counsel at the scheduled hearing without adequate excuse, the hearing officer will decide the matter on the basis of the order to show cause and evidence presented.
(6) In a proceeding under this section, the Department has the burden to demonstrate, upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the respondent has failed to comply with the act or related regulations.
(7) This section supersedes 1 Pa. Code § § 35.14 and 35.37 (relating to orders to show cause; and answers to orders to show cause).
The provisions of this § 129.1602 corrected at 32 Pa.B. 5415. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (281078) and (289727).
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