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Compensation Review Board FAQs

What are the duties of the Compensation Review Board?

The Compensation Review Board (CRB) provides administrative appellate review of Compensation Orders and other final Orders from the Office of Hearings and Adjudication (OHA) and from the Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) in workers’ compensation claims. 
Who is on the Compensation Review Board?
The CRB is comprised of one Chief Administrative Appeals Judge and four Administrative Appeals Judges. Generally, three of the five CRB members are appointed to serve as a Review Panel in the disposition of an appeal to the CRB.  
How do I request the CRB review of Compensation or other final Order issued by the Administrative Hearings Division or the Office of Workers’ Compensation?  
An Application for Review (AFR) is filed by submitting to the CRB Clerk’s Office an original and three copies of the following:
  1. An AFR requesting review.
  2. The Compensation Order or other final Order that is being appealed.
  3. A memorandum explaining the reasons you think the order should be reviewed by the CRB. The AFR must be filed within thirty (30) days from the date shown on the Certificate of Service of the Compensation Order or final decision that is being appealed.    
May I have an extension of time in which to file my legal memorandum?
Extensions of time for filing legal memoranda are granted only for good cause. The time to file an Application for Review (AFR) can not be extended.  
What happens if a party is dissatisfied with the final decision of the Compensation Review Board?  
If a party is dissatisfied with a final decision issued by the CRB, the party may file an appeal with the DC Court of Appeals within 30 calendar days of the date the CRB decision is issued.  
A request for reconsideration of a CRB decision may also be filed with the CRB Clerk’s Office within 10 days from the date that decision was issued.  
A request for reconsideration does not affect the period for filing an appeal with the DC Court of Appeals. 
May I review my case file?
Yes, you may.  However, you are required to notify the CRB at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to schedule a time for your review.  
How can I contact the CRB?
The CRB Office of the Clerk is open from 8:30 am-5 pm for the purpose of receiving Applications for Review and such other pleadings, motions and papers as are pertinent to any matter before the Board. 
For more information, contact the Compensation Review Board:
Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Compensation Review Board
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 671-1394