Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.
8:50 – 11:45 am
Hall of Cities - New York & New Orleans
8:50 – 9:00 am
Announcements and Updates
Honorable David Torrey
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
9:00 – 10:15 am
Security Issues: Inside and Outside the Courtroom
Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Karl Aumann
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
United States Marshal Service
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
10:30 – 11:45 am
Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Frank McKay
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Honorable Kenneth Switzer
Tennessee Court of Workers' Compensation Claims
Honorable Michael J. Feeney
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Honorable Lori Gaines
North Carolina Industrial Commission
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.
8:30 – 3:30 pm
Conference on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws
Grand Ballroom 7A
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.