The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Administrative Review Board (ARB) recently announced it is updating its electronic filing system (EFS) at 8:30 am EST on December 7, 2020. Beginning December 7, all parties who wish to file electronically must use EFS to file documents electronically with the ARB. The current electronic filing system (EFSR) will shut down permanently at 5:00 PM EST on December 3, 2020. This means that parties will not be able to file documents electronically with the ARB after 5:00 pm EST on December 3 until 8:30 am EST on December 7.
It is important to note that EFS is strictly a “filing” system. Thus, parties using EFS will remain responsible for serving notices of appeal and all other filings on other parties to the case. Additionally, parties will still have the option of filing documents with the ARB in paper form by regular mail. Use of EFS is not mandatory at this time.