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Effective September 30, 2022, the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) is implementing a new process for a schedule loss of use (SLU) as well as changes to the related EC-81.7 form. An SLU is a cash benefit that pays injured workers for the loss of wage-earning capacity (as determined by the Board, with proper consideration of the Workers’ Compensation law and the current Permanent Impairment Guidelines) resulting from a permanent functional impairment of a body part as a result of an on-the-job injury.

Here’s what has changed:

  1. The online EC-81.7 form has been revised to clarify and streamline the SLU process and expedite a resolution when the injured worker has a permanent impairment resulting in a SLU of one or more established body parts.
  2. The EC-81.7 now outlines the different paths a case can take for permanency resolution.
  3. Any action (e.g., obtaining opinion of permanency, acceptance of SLU, request to cross-examine physician, etc.) by parties of interest, or requests for an extension, must be received within 60 days of the injured worker’s attorney and insurer receipt of the EC-81.7.

– By Matthew Mead