Full text: The Department of Labor and Industry

1s required to file with the Board a transcript of the 
testimony taken before him. The Board lists all 
appeals for hearing so as to afford opportunity to 
both parties to present arguments either oral or by 
arief or both, after which the records are reviewed 
by members of the Board and the decision of the 
referee is affirmed, reversed, or a further hearing 
The referees travel within their districts and hold 
hearings at points most convenient for the litigants. 
The Board likewise travels and holds hearings in 
various cities of the Commonwealth. 
In case of default in payment of compensation by 
an employer a judgment may be secured by filing a certified copy of a 
claim petition, agreement for compensation or award with the prothono- 
tary. Such judgment then becomes a lien against the property of the 
smployer or other party liable and execution may issue forthwith. 
Any document on file in the Bureau of Workmen’s Compensation 
or with the Board or any referee or any proceedings before the Board 
or a referee may be proved by a copy thereof certified by the Chairman 
of the Board and attested by the Secretary of the 
Board under the Board’s seal. 
Certain petitions such as petitions on agreed facts, 
petitions for commutation of payments, petitions for 
allowance of attorney’s fee and petitions to authorize 
persons other than a guardian to collect compensa- 
tion of minors must be heard bv the Workmen's 
{Compensation Board. 
Compensation payable to non-resident alien de- 
pendents may be commuted by the employer without 
first securing permission from the Board. oy Lo Le ery 
Commutation in all other cases is subject to order 
of the Workmen’s Compensation Board upon petition of either employe 
or employer. All such petitions are heard by the Board exeept in cases 
where it would be inconvenient, because of distance, for the petitioners 
to appear before the Board. Such cases are referred to a referee, who 
takes testimony and returns transeript with his recommendation to the 
Board for final action. 
When application is made for commutation for the purchase of prop- 
erty, payment of a mortgage or other indebtedness or to finance a busi- 
ness, an investigation is made by a representative of the Department of 
Labor and Industry, so that the Board, when passing upon the appli- 
cation, has before it the report of the investigation as well as the facts 
developed at the hearing. In most cases where commutation is granted, 
the order includes the condition that the money be applied by the em- 
ployer or the insurance carrier to make certain nroner application of 
‘he funds. 
The calculations, when compensation payments are commuted, are 
made from a table of present values which shows the present value at 
five per cent, compounded annually, of $1.00 per week, payable at the 
end of each week for any period up to twenty years. Copies of this 
table and method of application are contained in Volume IV. Court 

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