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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CONFERENCE: Insights and Perspectives for Manufacturers

September 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


A Chance to come away with New Ideas, Connections and Inspiration.

Join us for this deep dive into important trends, insights and perspectives about working effectively with Illinois’ Workers Compensation system in a way that protects employees and employers. This timely event brings together experts to share the latest information specifically designed for manufacturers. Learn more about the challenges, opportunities and tools now available to ensure the health of workers and claims management.

Join your colleagues from around the state for this informative Conference!

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  • Keynote| Michael J. Brennan, Chairman, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Committee
    Hear directly from the Chairman about administrative procedures and requirements in 2022, and discuss the most recent regulatory changes to claims management rules. A chance to ask your questions as well.
  • Classification & Loss Control in Workers Compensation
    Controlling your Workers’ Compensation requires a holistic approach, from ensuring your rates are accurate, to controlling your claim spend. You will learn how accurate coding and reporting of your experience modification factor has a direct impact on your premium, and market availability. Our experts will outline how developing a successful safety culture, from boardroom to shop floor results in reduction in incident rates, increased productivity, and sets the foundation for your claim management practices. This session will address the fundamentals necessary in establishing strong engagement beyond just assigning responsibility to one person or department.

    • Panelists:
      • Angela Blakeney, Senior Account Executive, Sales/Marketing, Workers Compensation Trust of Illinois
      • Jamie Glanz, Senior Vice President, Claims, Assurance, a Marsh and McLennan Agency LLC company
  • Intersection of Workers’ Comp & OSHA
    This session will discuss OSHA compliance and liability issues relating to a work related injury or illness. Learn more about reporting injury or illness to OSHA, OSHA recordkeeping, including 300 Log, responding to an OSHA inspection of injury or illness and employer liability for retaliation against injured employee. Attendees will receive practical information, including real life examples, on how to comply with OSHA requirements for reporting, recordkeeping and monetary penalties for noncompliance & how to prepare for a post-accident inspection to limit citations and to avoid retaliation liability.

    • Presented by:
      • Mark Lies, Labor and Employment Attorney and Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
      • Jeff Risch, Chair – Labor & Employment, Smith Amundsen
  • Illinois Insights: Where We Rank
    The National Commission on Compensation Insurance will share state and national cost drivers, medical and indemnity changes, hot topics, and other drivers of the Workers Compensation system, explaining Illinois and national statistics.

    • Presented by:
      • Carla Townsend, WCP, Senior State Relations Executive, Regulatory Division National Council on Compensation Insurance
  • Roundtable Discussion – Changes Needed to the WC System
    Hear from experts in this area about specific ideas and suggestions needed to bring about reform to the system: safety, legislative and financial changes that protect and best serve both employers and employers.

    • Roundtable:
      • The Honorable John F. Curran, Senator 41st District, Illinois Senate
      • Jill M. Kastner, Attorney at Law, Hennessy & Roach, P.C.
      • The Honorable Dan Ugaste, Representative 65th District, Illinois House
  • Illinois’ Rebuttable Presumption: Impact COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation System
    Public Act 101-0633 created a rebuttable presumption for front-line workers who are exposed to and contract COVID-19 in the course of their employment. Specifically, “the injury or occupational disease shall be rebuttably presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employee’s front-line worker employment.” Employers may be able to rebut this presumption by presenting certain types of evidence. And wondering how workers’ comp is affected by an employee’s refusal to get a vaccine now that they are readily available? Learn where Illinois stands now on this issue.

    • Panelists:
      • Jill M. Kastner, Attorney at Law, Hennessy & Roach, P.C.
      • The Honorable Dan Ugaste, Representative 65th District, Illinois House
  • Workers’ Comp in the Courts: Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
    Since 2017, businesses have been named in more than 1,450 BIPA class action lawsuits and the new filings show no signs of slowing. First enacted in 2007, the BIPA law requires an employer to obtain written consent before collecting any biometric information from employees such as fingerprint or retinal scans used for time clocks or access to secure areas. Fines can be substantial per occurrence and no actual harm must be proven to be result in damages. This timely segment will discuss the current state of litigation in Illinois.

    • Panelists:
      • Keith J. Herman, Executive Director, Illinois Self Insured Association
      • Jody Kahn Mason, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Cost: $125
Contact Name: Terri Graham
Contact Email: tgraham@ima-net.orgΒ 
Contact Phone: 630-824-9371


September 29, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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