November 16, 1993 - April 4, 2005
The Workers' Compensation Act requires written notice for a number of things, including, but not limited to, the filing of a claim or an appeal of a decision.
However, it is recognized that many people in the territory are functionally illiterate and this may limit their rightful access to the system.
A person is functionally illiterate when their inability to read, write, do mathematical calculations or orally communicate hinders their ability to function within their society.
People are functionally illiterate for a variety of reasons, including english as a second language, learning disabilities or an incomplete education.
The board is permitted, in these circumstances, to accept substitutes for written notification.