Based on feedback from stakeholders, OICs and staff, the WSIAT changed the default hearing method from teleconference to videoconference, effective October 3, 2022.
In addition, with the recent reduction of most public health restrictions, the WSIAT has also gradually increased the number of in-person hearings.
As the WSIAT considers how best to proceed, its decisions will continue to be guided by the following values and commitments:
- Protecting the health and safety of the WSIAT’s employees, OICs (adjudicators), and stakeholders;
- Ensuring access to justice; and
- Delivering excellence in adjudication, which includes conducting fair hearings in accordance with the principles of natural justice and issuing well-reasoned decisions in a timely manner.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the WSIAT Guidelines for the Gradual Resumption of In-Person Hearings During COVID-19 may be revised.
The WSIAT is committed to clear and timely communication with stakeholders during this time of rapid change.