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Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Law
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Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Law

Programs, Meetings & Events

Committee Events

Teleconference: How Workers’ Compensation Insuran

June 24, 2014
Register today and join the TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers Liability Committee for this convenient teleconference featuring an interactive panel discussion by investigators, prosecutors and industry experts knowledgeable about the harmful effects of insurance premium fraud schemes on law-abiding employers, hardworking employees and over-burden taxpayers.

The panel will discuss the problem, the law enforcement response, initiatives and proposed legislation, and efforts to communicate the problem to the communities and others.

 
Workers' Comp And Employers' Liability Committee Events

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    FREE FOR TIPS MEMBERS!!! Don't miss this valuable complimentary webinar, part of the TIPS Member Mondays CLE Webinar Series, and hear the experts at handling asbestos cases cover the latest developments in this national litigation. Learn the most recent updates in the law and the most effective techniques ...

    TIPS 2014 Fall Leadership Meeting

    10/15/2014-10/19/2014
    The Meritage Resort and Spa
    Napa

    Join us for the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting, October 15-19, 2014 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in the beautiful wine country of Napa, California. We are very excited to welcome you to Napa, as it's the Section's first time back since the Spring of 2004. Featuring valuable networking events, important ...

    Symposium: Animal Shelter and Rescue Law: What Animal Shelters and Rescues Should Know

    10/26/2014-10/26/2014
    Rio Hotel & Casino
    Las Vegas

    This seminar will be held on October 26, 2014 following the Best Friends National Conference at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,

Welcome from Committee Chair

Hello and Good-Bye

My term as chair of this committee will end at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. It begins Wednesday August 6 and ends Tuesday August 12. I hope many of you attend. I hope some of you attend because of this message.

The committee's next big event is our June 24 teleconference on WC Premium Fraud. This is a huge issue. Most of us in the trenches doing claimant and defense work every day are not called on for our expertise in this area. However, as the issue gains momentum, we will all want to become fluent and able to advise our clients properly when we spot the issue. In California there is a Code section which requires us to report workers' compensation fraud which is defined as committed for the purpose of collecting or denying benefits. Is premium fraud included? There is certainly an argument that paying less premium puts downward pressure on benefits, is a logical consequence of the fraud that a reasonable person would recognize, and therefore fits our statute requiring any party or the appeals board to report it. What about the problem that creates for us when we represent insurance carriers? What if the insured is a huge fortune 500 company? Will the carrier really want to drop a dime on their big client?

Josh Holden was chair last year. I never formally thanked him for doing a great job in all aspects. For example he did not wait until June to write his "welcome message." He did everything he was supposed to do. He got the rest of us to work much harder and smarter than we would have otherwise. He established our monthly conference calls which we continue on the second Thursday of every month. The next call will be July 10. The next after that will be on August 14 just after the close of the ABA meeting.

Our committee had 800 members a few years ago and about 500 today. Some of you have recently joined out committee. The chair is advised when someone new joins a committee. I was charged with welcoming you and definitely dropped the ball. Please allow me to welcome you now. Before my term is up, I will make an effort to speak with you all individually. I would love to talk to you about workers' compensation, the ABA, TIPS, other organizations, the College of Workers' Compensation, the Work Injury Law Group, the California Applicants Attorneys Association. I do know a lot of people and have been active for a long time. I promise to help any of you who ask me for any kind of help. I would love all of you to contribute to the national conversation on workers' compensation in which our committee and others participate and lead.

Stacy Tees a super WC defense lawyer from Philadelphia takes over as Chair immediately after the close of the ABA meeting. She is an incredibly hard worker who always gets done what she says she will get done within the required time deadlines. She plans for a workers' compensation compendium to be written and published by all of us. Many of us will be assigned specific tasks for this effort and others, including outreach to state and local bars, law students, law professors, and our own members. She will get us working hard. She will succeed. We will succeed. We will also learn a lot, have fun, and make substantial contributions to society, our profession, the ABA, TIPS, and the national workers' compensation community. By doing so we should see many more people want to join our effort.

Anthony J. Macauley

Chair

Leadership

Chairs:

Macauley, Anthony
Who We Are

Chair-Elects:

Tees, Stacy

Council Representatives:

Myrick, James

Vice-Chairs:

Bryant, Brittany
Cozart, Effie
Desai, Anish
Fish, Michael
Hashem, Saba
Jeffrey, Antonio
Kohl, Deborah
Levasseur, William
Levin, Hervey
Mills, Lindsey
Murphy, Sharon
Nason, Leonard
Pierce, Alan
Scheldrup, Chris
Schiff, Matthew
Seelig, Todd
Spieler, Emily
Stubbs, Cliff
Wolman, Jay

Modified by Carlos Vivanco on August 13, 2014

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