Tuesday, August 8, 2017
10:00 – 3:30 pm
Grand Ballroom 7A
Daniel T. Jaffe, Attorney
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan, PA
10:00 – 11:00 am
Investing in Workers’ Compensation
This Risk Management Session is a joint undertaking with The Center for Excellence program.
President and CEO
Sedgwick Claims Management Services
Principal, Private Equity
KKR & Co.
New York, NY
Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
New York, NY
In recent years, we have seen significant private equity investment in workers’ compensation vendors. Why are they interested in workers’ compensation? What are they looking for when they make investments? Where do they see workers’ compensation heading in the future? This session features two companies owned by private equity and two private equity companies.
11:00 – 12:00 pm
It’s Not the Humidity, It’s the Heat - Workers’ Compensation Legislation in the Sunshine State: the 2017 Legislative Session
Vice President, Risk Management
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Brewster B. Bevis
Senior Vice President - State & Federal Affairs
Associated Industries of Florida
Kimberly J. Syfrett, Attorney
Syfrett, Dykes & Furr
Panama City, FL
Cord Byrd, Attorney
Member Florida House of Representatives, District 11
Cord Byrd Law Offices
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Florida is now the third largest state in the country. Since broad reforms in 2003, Florida’s workers’ compensation system went from one of the most expensive in the country to the middle-of-the-pack in terms of costs - but at what impact? Following the Florida Supreme Court’s decisions in Westphal and Castellanos, and the First DCA’s consideration of the constitutionality of significant other parts of the Florida workers’ compensation law, the 2017 Florida legislative session shaped up as being the most significant since the 2003 reforms.
Three panelists, representing diverse views, including one of the largest business associations in Florida, a member of the claimants’ bar and a member of the Florida House of Representatives will review workers’ compensation during the 2017 legislative session, discussing the starts, stops, development, conclusion, and future of workers’ compensation. This is a must see session for those who want to know what happened at the Florida legislature and what to expect in 2018.
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
Purchase lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the “Comp Time” Diner... grab & go, or sit and network with clients and exhibitors!
1:15 – 2:15 pm
Sedgwick Claims Management Services
Janice Van Allen
Senior Director, Risk Management
Walmart Stores, Inc.
The Wendy’s Company
Laura M. Rodgers, ARM
Senior Claims Manager
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
Advocacy has emerged as a very effective means for addressing work-related issues and the many challenges they pose. A workplace injury and the complexity of the workers’ compensation system can create apprehension and anxiety for many injured employees. Advocacy is designed to alleviate this uncertainty by offering employee assistance throughout the process. Instead of questioning claims, advocacy focuses on making sure injured employees get the assistance needed to recover and restore their health. This may entail addressing pre-existing health conditions, recognizing psychosocial issues, or clarifying overall claims expectations. By treating the whole person, resources can be identified and aligned in a way to produce a more positive experience, identify an effective pathway to recovery, and ultimately reduce employer costs. This session is designed to provide an in-depth discussion of how an advocacy approach works and the benefits it can produce.
2:15 – 2:30 pm
2:30 – 3:30 pm
The Pace of Change: Risk Managers in the Era of Accelerated Change
Gregory J. McKenna
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Melanie A. Stanisic, ARM, AIC, CWC
Manager, Risk Management
Paul Koziatek, CPCU, ARM
Coca Cola Beverages of Florida
Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Management
In this session, we will address the specific issues most affecting risk managers presently and in the near term. Throughout our session, we will be incorporating sections of a New York Times best selling business and innovation book called "Thank you for Being Late," by Thomas Friedman. In his book, Friedman discusses the ever accelerating “pace of change” and explores the steps that managers, innovators, and businesses must adopt to stay ahead of the curve. We will apply these principles to the business of risk and insurance management, with a particular emphasis on workplace safety, distracted employees, analytics, and employee well-being (emotional and physical). We will portray the specific features of our panelists’ programs to stay ahead of the pace of change.