January 2020 E-Bulletin

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. Revisions to AF Agreements
  2. Arbitrators Needed: OLF Case Inventory
  3. January 25 Release Enhancements
  4. Print Case Functionality in TRS
  5. Valuable Studies

Revisions to AF Agreements

Image of someone signing a piece of paperUpdates to Article Fifth and Sixth of the AF Agreements have been made to include arbitrator participation. These changes will become effective March 1, 2020.

Article Fifth – AF’s Function and Authority
  • (c) determine qualification criteria, provide for the selection and appointment of arbitrators, and establish arbitrator participation requirements for the signatory companies;
Article Sixth – Arbitrator Participation
  • Signatory companies agree to provide qualified arbitrators from among full-time employees, and hear as many cases as they file.
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Arbitrators Needed: OLF Case Inventory

Image of three individuals at computersWhile no new Auto cases are being added to Online Filing (OLF), there remains a pending inventory of cases. These cases require additional arbitrator attention, and along with the increased volume in TRS, the demand for arbitrators has never been greater!

One of the greatest benefits of TRS is the potential for reduced cycle time. However, in order for shorter times to be achieved, arbitrators must maintain a 1:1 filed-to-heard ratio on cases.

The revisions to the AF Agreements (effective March 1, 2020) address this requirement with the addition of Article Sixth – Arbitrator Participation, which states:
  • Signatory companies agree to provide qualified arbitrators from among full-time employees, and hear as many cases as they file.
We ask that every member commit with other member companies regarding the new Agreement by allocating resources to maintain the 1:1 ratio for TRS cases, while aiming to reduce the OLF inventory. 
 
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January 25 Release Enhancements

Image of business people reviewing a computer screenThe following enhancements will be deployed as part of the January 25 release.

Non-signatory Enhancements:
  • Parties will see new notifications when non-signatory consent is denied.
Duplicate Party Issues:
  • Users will see changes as a part of the ongoing efforts to reduce the number of issues around duplicate parties in TRS:
    • TRS users will now receive a warning message when they try to add a company that is already a named company on the case.
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Print Case Functionality in TRS

Follow the steps listed below to print cases in TRS.

Step 1:
Click on the blue ellipsis and select Print Case
Screenshot of the print case option
 
Step 2:
The print request can now be found under your login. Clicking your name, a drop-down will appear. Select Print Requests.
Screenshot of the print requests option
 
Step 3:
To save the document, select the PDF icon seen below.
Screenshot of the PDF icon on the Print Requests window
 
Step 4:
A Case Summary document will appear and can now be printed for your records. 
Screenshot of a case summary sample
 

 
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Valuable Studies

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