Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional):
"A case may be fully stipulated by the parties and submitted to the Commission or Judge for a decision at any time." 29 CFR 2200.61
Simplified proceedings do not involve complex issues of law and fact. In simplified proceedings, hearings are less formal (the federal rules of evidence do not apply); complaints, answers, and pleadings are not required; interlocutory appeals are not permitted; discovery is permitted only at the discretion of the judge; and the Secretary of Labor must provide the employer with certain informational documents. If it becomes apparent that a case is not appropriate for simplified proceedings, the simplified proceedings may be discontinued and the case will proceed according to rules governing conventional proceedings. See 29 CFR 2200.200, 2200.202, 200.204
In special circumstances, upon application of a party or intervenor, or on a judge's own motion, and after 3 days notice, a judge may waive any rule or make orders as justice or administration of the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 requires.