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DOL/OS RIN: 1290-AA36 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) E-Filing 

The Rules of Practice and Procedure for Administrative Hearings Before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) at 29 CFR part 18A govern practice and procedure in proceedings before United States Department of Labor administrative law judges. The Department proposes to revise these rules to support the Department’s initiative to implement a dedicated eFile/eServe system.  This system will require attorneys and non-attorney representatives, and encourage unrepresented parties, to file documents with OALJ and the Department’s adjudicatory boards in digital format.  The amendments will also support the National Archives and Records Administration’s strategic plan to accept records only in electronic format by December 21, 2022.  In addition, the Department proposes to revise the rules to provide advance notice to parties of the expected manner of a hearing or prehearing conference, whether in-person, by telephone, by videoconference, or by other means.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 18A     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    5 U.S.C. 551 to 553    5 U.S.C. 571 (note)    E.O. 12778 (57 FR 7292)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/11/2021  86 FR 1862   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/10/2021 
Direct Final Rule  02/18/2021  86 FR 1768   
Direct Final Rule; Withdrawal  02/25/2021  86 FR 11426   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  03/17/2021  86 FR 14559   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End  04/01/2021 
Final Rule  08/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Alyssa Kaercher
General Counsel
Department of Labor
Office of the Secretary
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-4325,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-7347