(1) The common law and statutory rules of evidence shall apply only upon stipulation of all parties to the hearing. Otherwise, the hearing examiner may admit all evidence that possesses probative value, including hearsay if it is the type of evidence commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs. The hearing examiner shall give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law. Evidence which is irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious may be excluded.
(2) The department file shall be deemed part of the record in its entirety unless objections are made to a specific portion thereof upon review by the parties. If the objection is sustained, that portion of the file will not be made a part of the record. All other evidence to be considered in the case, including all records and documents in the possession of a party (or a true and accurate photocopy thereof) , shall be offered and made a part of the record in the case. No other factual information or evidence shall be considered in the determination of the case.
(3) Documentary evidence in the form of copies or excerpts may be received or incorporated by reference. Upon request, parties shall be given an opportunity to compare copies with the originals.
(4) The hearing examiner may take notice of judicially cognizable facts and generally recognized technical or scientific facts within the department's specialized knowledge. Parties shall be notified, either before or during the hearing or by reference in the proposal for decision of the material noticed. Each party shall be afforded an opportunity to contest the materials so noticed.
(5) A party may call an adverse witness who may be a party's managing agent or employees, or an officer, director, managing agent, or employee of the state or any political subdivision thereof, or of a public or private corporation or of a partnership or association or body politic which is an adverse party, and interrogate the adverse witness by leading questions and contradict and impeach the adverse witness on material matters in all respects as if the adverse witness had been called by the adverse party. The adverse witness may be examined by counsel for the adverse witness upon the subject matter of the examination in chief under the rules applicable to direct examination, and may be cross-examined, contradicted, and impeached by any other party adversely affected by the adverse witness' testimony.