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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 01/11/19

Applications Due01/21/19

Vacancy ID63248

AgencyWorkers' Compensation Board

TitleCompensation Claims Referee, WCB Item #4444

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade28

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $95136 to $116844 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 PM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Erie

Street Address Office of General Counsel, Adjudication Services

Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main Street, Suite 400

City Buffalo


Zip Code14203

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable on the appropriate Civil Service eligible list, or;
Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive service as an Associate Attorney or Compensation Claims Referee. Also eligible to apply are candidates who possess the required credentials and who have at least one year of permanent competitive service in a title at the G-26 or above level designated as appropriate for transfer per Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law.
Provisional Qualifications: In order to qualify for provisional appointment, candidates must have one year of permanent, competitive service as Senior Attorney, SG-25. Or five years of legal experience subsequent to admission to the Bar of any state in the US, which must have included one year of experience as follows: (A) in the practice of Workers Compensation Law, Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Law, Volunteer Ambulance Workers Benefits Law, personal injury law, or insurance claims laws; (B) or as a judge in a court of record; or as an administrative hearing official presiding over adversarial proceedings, arbitration, or fact finding within a private or public tribunal; (C) or combination of experience noted in A and B; and admission to the NYS Bar and being a member in good standing. If appointed provisionally, the incumbent will need to take the next Civil Service examination for this title and pass with a score that will be immediately reachable on the resulting eligible list. Failure to take, pass and achieve a reachable score on the examination may result in revocation of the appointment.

Duties Description Reviews informal administrative determinations and proposed conciliation decisions; reviews from an electronic file claims for Workers’ Compensation benefits which have been accepted by the carrier but which have various issues in dispute; attempts to resolve those issues with the parties through a proposed decision; conducts formal evidentiary hearings and rendering decisions on claims arising under the Workers’ Compensation Law, Disability Benefits Law, Voluntary Ambulance Workers’ Law; presides over discrimination hearings under the WCL and Paid Family Medical Leave Act; conducts hearings related to denials of medical treatments; and rules on legal objections to medical bills raised by carriers; may evaluate whether an Order of the Chair should be issued relative to requests for special medical services; travel to itinerant hearing locations within a district is necessary.

Additional Comments Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume which lists your actual Civil Service title, salary grade and specific verifiable information as to how you meet the minimum qualifications to be eligible to apply for this position. Please send your application to (email applications are preferred). It is important that you reference the WCB Item #4444 in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application. (Please do not reference the Vacancy ID No.)

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Name Recruitment Unit

Telephone 518-474-2685

Fax 518-486-6364

Email Address HRM@WCB.NY.GOV


Street Human Resources Management

328 State Street

City Schenectady

State NY

Zip Code 12305


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