New York Codes, Rules and Regulations
Chapter II - Regulations of the Commissioner
Subchapter C - Teacher
Part 82 - Hearings Of Charges Against Employees On Tenure
Section 82-1.12 - Reimbursable hearing expenses

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 14, April 6, 2022

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall compensate the hearing officer with the customary fee paid for service as an arbitrator for each day of actual service rendered by the hearing officer. For hearings commenced by the filing of charges prior to April 1, 2012, a day of actual service shall be five hours. In the event a hearing officer renders more or less than five hours of service on a given calendar day, the per diem fee shall be prorated accordingly. For hearings commenced by the filing of charges on or after April 1, 2012, a day of actual service shall be defined in guidelines prescribed by the commissioner. Any late cancellation fee charged by the hearing officer shall be paid by the party or parties responsible for the cancellation.

(b) In addition to the statutory fees payable to the hearing officer and panel members for each day of actual service, the commissioner shall reimburse hearing officers and panel members for their necessary travel and other related reasonable expenses in accordance with the rules and limits on travel applicable to state employees.

(c) The commissioner shall arrange for the preparation of an accurate record of the proceedings. Upon request, a copy of the record shall be provided by the commissioner to the hearing officer, panel members and/or the parties at the department's expense. Upon request of one or more parties, the commissioner may arrange to have a daily copy of the record prepared and distributed to each party making such request and to the hearing officer, in addition to any final copies provided by the commissioner after conclusion of the hearing. Any incremental cost incurred for preparing a daily copy for a party and the hearing officer that is in addition to the base amount payable by the commissioner for preparation of the final record shall be paid by the party requesting daily copy, or shall be shared equally by the parties where both parties request daily copy.

(d) Additional hearing costs, other than facilities costs, incurred to make a reasonable accommodation to an employee or a witness based on such individual's disability, including but not limited to the retention of a qualified interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired, shall be paid by the commissioner. Except as otherwise provided in this Subpart, any other additional hearing costs shall be paid by the board.

(e) Limitations on fees for hearing officers. For hearings commenced by the filing of charges on or after April 1, 2012, a hearing officer shall not be reimbursed beyond the maximum rates of compensation of hearing officers, as set forth in a schedule prescribed by the commissioner, based on customary and reasonable fees for service as an arbitrator and shall not be reimbursed for more than a certain amount of study hours, as prescribed by the commissioner.

(f) Limitation on claims. No payments shall be made by the department on or after April 1, 2012 for the following if they are on a claim submitted later than one year after the final disposition of the hearing by any means, including settlement, or within 90 days after April 1, 2012 whichever is later; provided that no payment shall be barred or reduced where such payment is required as a result of a court order or judgment or a final audit:

(1) compensation of a hearing officer or hearing panel member;

(2) reimbursement of such hearing officers or panel members for necessary travel or other expenses incurred by them; or

(3) for other hearing expenses.

N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. Tit. 8 § 82-1.12

This section was updated on 12/25/2019 by overlay.

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