WSIA Weekly, 1.30.15
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Here are this week's top items:
Legislature: Workers' comp issues taking shape
Major action next week in House and Senate committees
Although a few scattered bills were heard on workers' compensation issues at the Legislature this week, next week is -- if you'll pardon the expression -- our Super Bowl for industrial insurance policy. No fewer than thirteen bills are up for public hearing in the House and Senate committees on Wednesday and Thursday. They include WSIA priorities like making the benefit calculation more accurate, fair, and consistent through wage simplification, as well as fixing occupational disease coverage and making structured settlements more useful. But the bills also include union and claimants' attorney efforts to increase penalties on self-insurers, expand occupational disease presumptions, and incentivize more litigation at the Board through claimants' attorney fee awards. Follow along at our weekly Legislative Updates web page by clicking here (member login required; e-mail us if you've forgotten).
John Klor to present WSIA's 2014 Year in Review - February 19th
We're happy to announce that WSIA Legal Committee chair John Klor of Wallace Klor & Mann is on deck for February 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to provide a complimentary members-only webinar, "2014 Year in Review," covering all the major legal, regulatory, and administrative cases, rules, and policies to come out of the last year in Washington, along with interactive Q&A. This popular annual feature fills up quickly, and is limited to the first 100 logins. RSVP your spot today by e-mail to Kari Heinold. We'll be seeking CLE and other continuing education credits for the broadcast.
Registration for March Certification Review just opened
If you've applied to sit for the March claims handler certification exam at Labor & Industries, you'll want to register for our Industrial Insurance University's comprehensive two-day Certification Review course, March 16-17. Taught by expert claims adjudicators from two different service companies -- Erinn Hyre and Trevin Steepy of Sedgwick and Kevin Kincade of Eberle Vivian -- this training gets folks prepped to take L&I's exam with confidence. In fact, our winter passage rate was 100% for cert. reviewers. The course is also a good review or exposure for those not seeking certification, but needing a soup-to-nuts tour through Washington's unique system. L&I has accredited for 15 general claims handler credits. More information and registration information available by clicking here.