(1) An appeal from a final decision of the department of labor and industry under Title 39, chapters 71 and 72, MCA, other than an appeal of a department order regarding payment of benefits pursuant to 39-71-610, MCA, shall be by filing a notice of appeal with the court or with the department. The notice of appeal shall be served by mail on all other parties and the legal services division of the department of labor and industry and should include:

(a) the relief to which the appellant believes s/he is entitled;

(b) the grounds upon which the appellant contends s/he is entitled to that relief.

(2) The filing of the notice shall not stay the department decision. However, the court may, upon application of a party, order a stay upon terms which the court considers proper.

(3) Any party or the court may request a transcript of the proceeding. Upon receiving such request the department shall have 30 days in which to prepare and file the transcript, unless such time is shortened or extended by the court. The parties may, in the alternative, agree by written stipulation to other arrangements for transcribing the hearing. The appealing party shall be responsible for the cost of preparing the transcript unless otherwise ordered by the court.

(4) Any party to an appeal may request oral argument on the matters raised in the appeal. A request for oral argument must be made by the time specified for the last brief. Failure to timely request oral argument is deemed to be a waiver of the right to an oral argument.

(5) A motion for leave to present additional evidence must be filed no later than the time set for the last brief or, if oral argument is timely requested, then no later than the day before the argument. If it is shown to the satisfaction of the court that the additional evidence is material and that there were good reasons for failure to present it in the proceeding before the department, then the court may remand the matter to the department and order that the additional evidence be taken before the department upon conditions determined by the court. The department may modify its findings and decision by reason of the additional evidence and shall file that evidence and any modifications, new findings, or decisions with the reviewing court.

(6) The court shall base its decision on the record.

(7) ARM 24.5.344, relating to new trials, applies to decisions under this rule. However, the decision of the court may or may not be in the form of findings of fact and conclusions of law. (History: Sec. 2-4-201 MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-4-201, 39-71-2901 MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1715, Eff. 11/26/83; PREV. Rule #, ARM 2.52.225; TRANS, from Admin., 1989 MAR p. 2177, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 847, Eff. 5/1/90; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 675, Eff. 4/1/94; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 557, Eff. 2/23/96; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 1281, Eff. 5/15/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 1513, Eff. 6/16/00.)

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