OWCP Issues Updated Forms LS-207 and LS-208

OWCP has revised its mandatory Forms LS-207, Notice of Controversion, and LS-208, Notice of Final Payment or Suspension of Compensation Payments. The changes are described in Industry Notice 151.

• Changes to the Form LS-207 include reordering the list of parties and addresses, adding a back page with instructions requiring that a copy of the form be mailed to the injured employee (and legal representative, if any), and eliminating the requirement that the form be submitted in triplicate.

• Changes to the Form LS-208 include reorganizing the report of payments made on account of death and other payments, expanding the report of payments made on scheduled permanent partial disability awards, and adding a back page to provide additional instructions. As with the Form LS-207, the signing of the Form LS-208 serves as confirmation that a copy was mailed to the injured employee and his or her attorney if represented.

Both forms also include information for electronic submission through SEAPortal for easier and more efficient transmission. The new forms may be accessed at the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) website at: http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dlhwc/lsforms.htm and further details regarding these changes can be found at http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dlhwc/lsindustrynotices/industrynotice151.htm.