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Workers’ Compensation Board

NYS Guidelines for Determining Permanent Impairment
and Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

2018 Schedule Loss of Use Training

As part of the 2017 executive budget, Workers' Compensation law 15(3)(x) required the Workers' Compensation Board to implement new Permanency Impairment Guidelines for Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) evaluations. The new 2018 SLU Guidelines took effect January 1, 2018.

The Board's Medical Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Elain Sobol Berger, MD, JD developed training in the 2018 Guidelines' approach to assessing SLU permanent impairment. Case studies demonstrated how to apply the SLU principles and objective criteria in making an SLU determination.

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2012 NYS Guidelines for Determining Permanent Impairment and Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

Training Programs

The Workers' Compensation Board has developed training designed to meet the specific needs of the different constituencies who will use the Impairment and Functional Assessment Guidelines. The training includes an Introduction and Background, Non-Schedule PPD, new and revised forms and processes, the Medical Impairment and Functional Assessment guidelines, and case studies to demonstrate the appropriate application of the 2012 Guidelines. The goal is to provide a common understanding about the 2012 Guidelines to facilitate implementation and ease the transition.

After completing the 2012 Guidelines training, participants will:

  • Understand the history and purpose of the 2012 Guidelines.
  • Learn the 3 step process for the Loss of Wage Earning Capacity (LWEC) determination.
  • Understand how to evaluate permanent impairment using the new impairment guidelines.
  • Know the components of a functional assessment.
  • Become familiar with the modified Form C-4.3 medical report.

eLearn Registration Process

The first time you select a course you will be directed to a registration screen. Select Do not have an account yet? Click here to register underneath the log in fields.

You will be asked to enter basic information (name, email, employer/company name, and industry). Please carefully enter your email address as a confirmation email containing an activation link will be sent to you. If you don't receive this confirmation email within 10 minutes, please re-register, again being careful to enter the correct email address.

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Once you have completed the registration process and activated your account with the link in the confirmation email, when you select a course you will be taken to the log in screen where you enter your email address and your last name.

If you have previously registered, you will be taken directly to the eLearnNY login page when you select a course.

You are encouraged to take any of the available courses.

Training Courses

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