Is the Landscape of Workers’ Compensation Changing?

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Grand Ballroom 7A
Convention Level

Workers’ compensation began as a system for injured workers in the early 1900s. Since that time we have seen numerous changes within each state system evolving to where we are today; however, the basic construct of workers compensation has remained the same. The last several years have ushered in many new practices within the workers’ compensation systems, some significant with others merely inconvenient, yet all have forced change in some fashion. Presumptions are becoming more prev- alent in the workers’ compensation system. The distinction between an employee and an independent contractor is becoming less clear. Employee expectations as to the work environment continue to evolve as a result of a focus on work-life balance, as well as, the actual workplace itself. Additionally, external factors outside the workplace have created stress points on employees not present previously that must be considered in the approach to workers’ compensation claims. This session will focus on a discussion of how employers are becoming prepared for these changes to ensure that their programs are achieving positive outcomes for all involved.

K. Max Koonce
Chief Claims Officer
Bentonville, AR

Debra Howie
System Director, Workers’ Compensation Claim Operations
CommonSpirit Health
Mason, OH

Susan Shemanski
Vice President Corporate Risk Management
The Adecco Group
Jacksonville, FL


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