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WSIA Weekly, 3.6.15

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WSIA Announces 44th Annual Conference -- registration now open!
Please make plans to join us May 6th - 8th in beautiful, sunny, Tri-Cities, Washington for our 44th Annual Conference, exploring "WSIA's Wild Kingdom of Workers' Compensation!" Bigger, better, and bolder than ever, this year's three-day event features an expanded golf tournament, an exciting keynote address by Bob Wilson, President and CEO of WorkersCompenastion.com and author of the popular industry blog, "From Bob's Cluttered Desk," expert general sessions and a three-track learning lab experience focusing on claims management issues, legal and regulatory compliance, and medical management of disability. This is not one to miss! A limited number of exhibitor booths and sponsorships are available on a first-come basis. For more information, click these links for:

Conference Agenda | Registration | Sponsorship | Exhibitor Information | Golf Tournament | Hotel information

More information about this signature event in coming weeks!

WSIA-L&I liaison committee to meet next week
WSIA's liaison committee, comprised of Kris Tefft, Sedgwick's Patrick Reiman, MultiCare's Glenn Hansen, and Eberle Vivian's Lisa Vivian, holds its next bimonthly meeting with L&I's self insurance management on Thursday March 12th. This forum is an excellent opportunity to pass along issues of concern -- both general and specific -- related to policy, performance, management, or any other L&I issue. If you have topics you would like us to represent to the department, please e-mail Kris Tefft.

A few smaller bills advance in the Legislature, still waiting on big ticket priorities
Since last Friday, the Legislature's two chambers, the House and Senate, began floor action on bills. Tuesday included some headline-grabbing votes in the House, passing bills to increase the state's minimum wage to $12 per hour over three years, and to impose mandatory paid sick and safe days on all but the smallest employers in the state. In workers' compensation, the Department's bill on return to work issues like the preferred worker program and vocational rehabilitation passed the Senate, while bills of interest to public safety unions -- dealing with lifetime pensions for surviving spouses of deceased police and firefighters, and a study of hazardous exposure reporting requirements for firefighters -- cleared the House. WSIA's major legislative priorities like benefit accuracy remain in the Senate Rules Committee, awaiting a pull to the floor for consideration. For more legislative session news, check out our weekly legislative update and bill tracking sheet by clicking here (member login required - e-mail us if you've forgotten it).

Don't Miss!
Still registering for spring conference
Our spring conference, "Keeping it Real: Managing Medical Conditions in the Workplace," sponsored by Amplifon Hearing Health Care, is coming up March 20th at Valley Medical Center in Renton. This daylong networking and continuing education opportunity focuses on medical management of workplace injuries and prevention of long term disability, drawing on various medical and claims management strategies and experts. View the agenda and more information by clicking here, and register for the conference by clicking here

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