The hearing officer shall conduct hearings and other proceedings and
take any steps consistent with the impartial discharge of his or her duties
which appear reasonable and necessary to ascertain all relevant facts and to
render a fair and complete decision on all issues. The proceedings shall be
informal, and the hearing officer shall not be bound by common law or statutory
rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure. The hearing
officer conducting a proceeding may examine the interested parties and other
witnesses. Each interested party and his or her representative shall have all
rights of fair hearing, including the right of examination and
cross-examination of witnesses, the right to present testimony and other
evidence, the right to inspect and examine documents, files, reports and
records received in evidence, the right to present testimony and other evidence
in explanation and rebuttal, the right to subpoenas for witnesses and
documentary evidence and the right to present argument.
(A) Stipulations by the
Interested parties may submit stipulations or any other agreed
statement respecting all or any part of the facts involved in the case and may
also waive the hearing. The hearing officer conducting such proceeding shall
require or obtain such additional evidence as may be necessary to render a fair
and complete decision.
(B) Securing witnesses and documents;
The attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers and
other documents, files and records may be required by the hearing officer as
deemed necessary to present fully and adequately any issue to be determined.
Whenever an investigation, payroll audit or other examination is necessary to
present fully and adequately any issue to be determined in a case, the hearing
officer shall require or authorize that such examination, audit or
investigation be performed and submitted in evidence.
(C) Public hearings.
All hearings under division (A) of section 4141.283 of the Revised
Code shall be open to the public, but the hearing officer conducting a hearing
may close the hearing as to other than interested parties to the extent
necessary to protect the interests and rights of the claimants or employers to
a fair hearing.
(D) Adjournment or
On his or her own motion, or upon the showing of good cause by an
interested party, or whenever it appears that such action is necessary to
afford the claimant or employer a reasonable opportunity for a fair hearing,
the hearing officer may adjourn or continue a hearing to another time or
(E) Failure of party to
If a party in any case fails to appear personally or by authorized
representative at the hearing scheduled and such party has been duly notified
of the hearing, and if good cause for such failure to appear is not shown to
the hearing officer, the hearing will be conducted as scheduled and a decision
by the hearing officer will be issued within ten days after the hearing.
In the event there is a showing of good cause for failure to appear
prior to the issuance of the decision of the hearing officer, the hearing may
be rescheduled with due notice to all interested parties.
(F) Oral argument and
At the conclusion of any hearing, the interested parties shall be
granted a reasonable opportunity to present argument on all issues of fact and
law to be decided. The hearing officer to whom the case is assigned shall
afford the interested parties an opportunity to present oral argument and may
permit the filing of briefs. However, time provided to file briefs shall be
limited so as to afford the hearing officer time to prepare a decision to be
issued within ten calendar days after the conclusion of the hearing.
Exhibits shall be properly marked, identified and placed in the
case folder. Those exhibits that cannot be placed in the case folder shall be
retained by the hearing officer pending further proceedings.