Release Date Law and Legal Definition

The release date is the date when a decision copy is mailed to the claimant. Mailing a decision copy to the claimant sets up the release date even though decision copies are mailed to the other hearing parties and/or authorized representative on a different date.

A release date should be on or before the adopt due date. This is to avoid court-ordered penalties. Releasing a decision after the adopt due date shall result in court-ordered penalties, regardless of the fact that the decision was adopted on or before the adopt due date. A release date shall differ from the adopt date and the adopt due date.