Please do not send requests for forms to William Bryant. As of July 2007 all requests should be sent to the attention of the "Reproduction Unit".
To: Insurance Carriers and Self-Insured Employers Providing Benefits Under the Workers' Compensation Law, Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law and Volunteer Ambulance Workers' Benefit Law; Attorneys and Licensed Representatives Practicing before the Board
Date: January 29, 2001
The primary purpose of the hearing process is to resolve issues in a fair and timely manner. As part of the OPTICS (Organization, Process and Technology Innovations in Customer Service) project, the Board introduced "Seven Principles of an Effective Hearing Process" to obtain the goal of fair and timely resolutions. The first of the seven principles is "Only Hold Hearings for Cases with Disputed Issues". This principle requires that no further action (NFA) will be taken when all present, ripe issues are resolved. A party may request future Board intervention when there are new disputed issues. The NFA program will reduce the number of unnecessary hearings where Board intervention is not required or is premature.
As a result of the implementation of the NFA program, Form C-22b, Request to Suspend or Reduce Payments of Compensation After Direction to Continue Payments, has been revised. Attached is a copy of revised Form C-22b, which was revised to allow filing of the form in any case where there has been an award and a direction for continuation of payments and evidence is presented to support the suspension of payments or reduction in rate. Previous versions of Form C-22b only allowed filing in an open case. The revised form may be filed in an open case, a closed case, or a case in which the Board has determined that no further action will be taken. The Board, upon receipt of Form C-22b with appropriate evidence attached, may either schedule a WC Law Judge hearing on the issues raised within 20 days during any period when regular hearings are scheduled, or refer the matter to our Office of Appeals for a determination of whether a reopening is warranted. If the Office of Appeals directs that the case be reopened, a WC Law Judge hearing will be scheduled in an expedited manner. In all cases, payments must be continued as directed until there is a determination by a WC Law Judge that payments may be suspended or reduced.
Revised Form C-22b is effective immediately. Carriers and self-insurers are authorized to reproduce the form according to their needs. Additional master copies may be obtained at the Board's web site or by writing or faxing the Board at:
NYS Workers' Compensation Board
Att.: Mr. William Bryant
Albany, NY 12241
FAX: (518) 486-705
Robert R. Snashall