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An R Number is a Workers' Compensation Board assigned identifier used to identify attorneys, attorney firms, or licensed representatives who are representing injured workers, employers, carriers, third-party administrators, and the Special Funds Conservation Committee.

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COVID-19 Response: Original Signature Requirement Relief

March 2020

While the Workers' Compensation Board does not normally accept a claimant's electronic signature on Board-prescribed forms, the original signature requirement has been relieved for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency for the forms specifically listed in the Board's announcement: Emergency Relief from Original Signature Requirements on Listed Documents.

The Board, as standard practice, does not accept electronic signatures on Board-prescribed forms, as the Board is unable to efficiently evaluate the electronic signature process used by a carrier, medical provider, attorney, or licensed representative to ensure that the procedure complies with the New York Electronic Signatures and Records Act (ESRA) and applicable regulations. Therefore, a claimant's ink signature must be supplied when a claimant's signature is required by law.

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For questions and information, please write to:

New York State Workers' Compensation Board
Office of General Counsel
328 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305-2318

OfficeofGeneralCounsel@wcb.ny.gov