North Carolina: Commission considers offering interpreters in mediation
A party in need of interpreter services must notify the commission and the opposing party in writing at least 21 days prior to the date of the mediation conference. The interpreter's fee is paid by the employer or insurer, except in cases where a claim for compensation has been prosecuted without reasonable ground. Where it is ultimately determined by the commission that the request for an interpreter was unfounded, attendant costs may be assessed against the movant. The proposed rule also states the qualifications interpreters must possess and explains interpreter ethics. Those interested in making comments should contact Meredith Henderson at 4336 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4336 by Sept. 29. For a copy of the proposed rule, visit www.ic.nc.gov/ncic/pages/ProposedRuleChanges.pdf.
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September 27, 2010
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