California Labor Codes 111
§ 111 Powers of appeals board and administrative directo
(a) The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, consisting of seven members, shall exercise all judicial powers vested in it under this code. In all other respects, the Division of Workers' Compensation is under the control of the administrative director and, except as to those duties, powers, jurisdiction, responsibilities, and purposes as are specifically vested in the appeals board, the administrative director shall exercise the powers of the head of a department within the meaning of Article 1 (commencing with Section 11150) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code with respect to the Division of Workers' Compensation which shall include supervision of, and responsibility for, personnel, and the coordination of the work of the division, except personnel of the appeals board.
(b) The administrative director shall prepare and submit, on March 1 of each year, a report to the Governor and the Legislature covering the activities of the division during the prior year. The report shall include recommendations for improvement and the need, if any, for legislation to enhance the delivery of compensation to injured workers. The report shall include data on penalties imposed on employers or insurers due to delays in compensation or notices, or both, by category of penalty imposed.
Note: WCAB has inherent and statutory authority to provide for dismissal of claim forms.
Note: Bias or the appearance of bias solely against an attorney or law firm may be a valid ground for a petition for disqualification of a WCJ.