There is hereby created on October 1, 1937, a board of review, consisting of three members. They shall devote their entire time to the duties of their offices.
On October 1, 1937, the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint the members of the board of review for terms of six years, except that the terms of the members first taking office shall be two, four, and six years, respectively, as designated by the Governor at the time of their appointment. Vacancies shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term. The Governor shall designate one member as chairman of the board.
The members of the board shall be selected with special reference to their ability and fitness to adjudicate claims. Selections shall be upon a nonpartisan merit basis. The Governor shall not appoint a person who is identified with the interests of either employers or employees.
Members of the board shall take and subscribe to the Constitutional oath before entering upon their duties. Their oaths shall be filed with the Secretary of State.
Each member of the board shall receive an annual salary as provided in section two-a, article seven, chapter six of this code and the necessary traveling expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties.
Requisition for traveling expenses shall be accompanied by a sworn and itemized statement which shall be filed with the Auditor and preserved as a public record.
The salaries and expenses of the members shall be paid from the administration fund.
The offices and meeting place of the board shall be at the capital; but the board may sit at such other places as the prompt and efficient hearing of claims may require. The board shall sit for hearing of appeals at least every ten days.
A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the hearing of appealed claims.
After hearing, and upon cause shown, the Governor may remove a member of the board.
The board shall have the following powers and duties, to:
(1) Hear and determine all disputed claims presented to it in accordance with the provisions of article seven.
(2) Organize from salaried examiners such appeal tribunals as are necessary for the expedition of disputed claim procedure.
(3) Establish procedure for the hearing of disputed claims.
(4) Take oaths, examine witnesses, and issue subpoenas.
(5) Establish the amount of witness fees.
(6) Keep such records and make such reports as are necessary for disputed claims.
(7) Exercise such additional powers as may be necessary for the proper conduct of a system of administrative review of disputed claims.
By and with the consent and approval of the commissioner, the board shall appoint such examiners as are necessary to hear appeals from determinations of deputies, and such other personnel as is necessary for the proper conduct of a system of administrative review of disputed claims. Subject to the provisions of the merit system and with the consent and approval of the commissioner, the board shall prescribe the qualifications of, fix the compensation of, and remove the employees of the board. No person who is identified with the interests of either employers or employees shall be appointed examiner.
The administrative expense of the board of review shall be paid from the administration fund. The board, with the assistance of the fiscal officer of the department, shall prepare and submit to the commissioner the budget of the board of review.
The chairman of the board shall fix the time and place for hearing appeals and shall assign such hearings to members of the board, appeal tribunals, or the full board, as the case may require, subject, however, to the provisions of article seven of this chapter.
The board, appeal tribunal, or examiner will have the power to administer oaths, take depositions, certify official acts, and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers necessary as evidence in connection with a dispute or disputed claim.
The board, appeal tribunal, or examiner shall have the power to issue subpoenas for the production of persons and papers in all proceedings within their jurisdiction. In case a person refuses to obey such subpoena the board, appeal tribunal, or examiner may invoke the aid of a circuit court in order that the testimony or evidence be produced. Upon proper showing such court shall issue an order requiring such persons to appear before the board, appeal tribunal, or examiner and produce all evidence and give all testimony touching the matter in question. A person failing to obey such order may be punished by the court as for contempt.