Elicit an explanation of the failure to appear as well as an allegation that the person's
presence is necessary from the individual who has appeared and requested the continuance.
Explore the possibility of holding the hearing with the claimant or representative
who has appeared. Make it clear that you will continue the hearing at a later date
if the person appearing does not wish to proceed or if you believe the non-appearing
person is crucial to that hearing.
Example: A claimant's attorney does not appear—claimant agrees to begin the hearing without
the attorney; however, during the hearing the claimant alleges he does not wish to
continue without the attorney. Adjourn and reconvene the hearing so the attorney can
Use judgment in deciding whether to grant another continuance if more than one has
already been granted.