Wednesday, August 9, 2017

National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College (Day 3)

Presented by The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, Inc. (NAWCJ)
 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.

 

8:50 – 11:45 am    
Hall of Cities - New York & New Orleans
Convention Level
    
8:50 – 9:00 am    
Announcements and Updates

    
Honorable David Torrey
NAWCJ Past-President 
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry 
Pittsburgh, PA 
    
9:00 – 10:15 am     
Security Issues: Inside and Outside the Courtroom

    
Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Karl Aumann
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission 
Baltimore, MD
    
Speaker:
Timothy Hughes
United States Marshal Service
Arlington, VA

Security is a concern, professionally and personally. Proceedings before a workers’ compensation adjudicator are likely to be unfamiliar to many litigants, and the process itself may bring stress, frustration and even anger. Adverse decisions and resulting financial effects may exacerbate feelings and heighten emotions. Adjudicators, staff, and parties must be conscious of their safety and surroundings. 
    
10:15 – 10:30 am    
Break
    
10:30 – 11:45 am     
Compromise Settlements 

    
Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Frank McKay 
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA
    
Panel:
Honorable Kenneth Switzer
Chief Judge 
Tennessee Court of Workers' Compensation Claims 
Nashville, TN

Honorable Michael J. Feeney
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Cranston, RI

Honorable Lori Gaines
North Carolina Industrial Commission
Raleigh, NC

The Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims will approve 8,000 to 10,000 settlements this fiscal year. All settlements must be court approved in person, with minor exceptions. The statute requires that the judge “examine the proposed settlement to determine whether the employee is receiving, substantially, the benefits provided under the statute.” In so doing, the judge shall “thoroughly” inform the employee of the scope of benefits available. Or, in the case of disputes as to compensability or the amount actually due, the judge must find that the settlement is in the best interest of the employee. Add to these factors the ability to settle a case with the closure of medical benefits and you have a process ripe for abuse. Judge Switzer will discuss the process by which these varying scenarios are handled.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING:
    
8:30 – 3:30 pm    
Conference on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws

Grand Ballroom 7A 
Convention Level

Sponsored by the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, this program provides insight and edification about the inner workings of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. This program features employers, attorneys, claims handlers and state administrators from the different states discussing the significant developments and distinctions of their respective jurisdictions. 

 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.