§ 225.7. Hearing.
(a) The Secretary will assign the request for a hearing to a hearing officer who will schedule a de novo proceeding. The parties and the complainant will receive written notice of the hearing date, time and place by first class mail at least 30 days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing, unless another method of notification is requested.
(b) The hearing will be conducted in a manner to provide all parties the opportunity to be heard. The hearing officer will not be bound by strict rules of evidence. Relevant evidence of reasonably probative value may be received into evidence. Reasonable examination and cross-examination of witnesses will be permitted.
(c) The parties may be represented by legal counsel, but legal representation at the hearing is not required.
(d) Testimony will be recorded and a full record kept of the proceeding.
(e) The parties will be provided the opportunity to submit briefs addressing issues raised at the hearing.
(f) The Bureau and the health care facility or employer will be the parties at the hearing.
(g) The Bureau will have the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the health care facility violated the act and that the proposed penalty is appropriate under the factors in § 225.4(b) (relating to administrative penalties).
(h) To the extent not covered by this chapter, hearings will be governed by 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure).
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