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Wisconsin Worker's Compensation - Emerging Issues and Strategies - Webinar

  • ID: 4126047
  • Webinar
  • Region: Wisconsin
  • 90 Minutes
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc.
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Stay up to date on Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation laws.

The Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act (WCA) has undergone significant changes in its 116 year history; however, in 2016, the WCA underwent one of the most-significant legislative amendments in recent years. Insurance carriers, HR personnel, TPAs, self-insured employers, and employees are usually only made aware of these changes on a piecemeal basis when specific issues arise, and are left without any understanding as to the breadth of those changes. The first section of this topic helps explain those procedural and substantive changes, as well as provides a micro and macro analysis of the impact of those changes on the entire worker’s compensation system in Wisconsin.

Recent industrial trends have shown employers strive to have a healthy workforce, and are implementing wellness programs to facilitate the overall wellbeing of their employees. The second section of this material addresses the increasing trend of employer-sponsored wellness programs offered to employees. The focus is on how these wellness programs do improve overall employee health, which leads to less work-related injuries, less lost-time related to those injuries, and the corollary of lower insurance premiums. However, management-oriented personnel need to be aware of certain pitfalls where injuries have been found to be work-related while engaged in those wellness programs. This section will provide key insights for management-oriented personnel to mitigate any negative impacts of a wellness program.

When work injuries occur, management-oriented personnel need to know how to properly document work injuries in the event of litigation. This final section provides management-oriented personnel with the proper tools to effectively document work injuries to expedite treatment, return employees back to work, and also provide sufficient information later in time in the event of litigation.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to describe how the worker’s compensation laws have changed and be well-versed in the emerging issues being determined at the legislative level.
  • You will be able to identify and evaluate any wellness programs at your organization and be able to identify problematic aspects of your wellness program and be able to take corrective action to avoid liability.
  • You will be able to recognize how to implement the best practices for work-injury documentation at the onset of an injury to ensure sufficient documentation of facts and witnesses, to benefit any defense of the work injury.
  • You will be able to review how to build a defense.
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Recent Changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation System
- Explanation Procedural Changes to WCA and Administrative Handling of Worker's Compensation Claims
- Explanation of Substantive Law Changes to WCA and Effect on Practitioners, Insurance Carriers, TPAs, and Self-Insured Employers
- Focus Areas of Increased Litigation Based on Changes
- Key Takeaway: The Law Has Changed, and Here Is How We Can Use Those Changes to Benefit Both Our Workforce as Well as Minimize Our Exposure

Wellness Programs: Positives and Pitfalls
- Explanation of Wellness Program Exception Statutorily Created by WCA to Provide Exception to Benefits When Employees Engage in Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs
- Positive Effects of Wellness Programs in Reducing Work Injuries, Loss-Time, and Overall Insurance Premiums From Positive Residual Effect of Healthy Workforce
- Pitfalls of Wellness Programs Wherein Compensability Has Been Found When Employees Engage in Wellness Programs With Case Law Examples
- Key Takeaway: Implementing an Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Has Significant Benefits, but Has Potential of Opening up an Organization to Liability Under the WCA

Building a Defense: Proactive Approaches to Work Injury Documentation
- Investigation and Documentation of Key Facts at the Initial Onset of a Work Injury Are the Hallmark of Any Successful Defense
- Reporting Requirements Within an Organization Help Streamline the Process of Filing Work Accidents to Begin the Investigation Process
- Effective and Open Communication Helps Bridge the Gap Between Employees and Employers
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Walker J. J. Stutzman, Weld Riley, S.C.
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This webinar is designed for human resource managers, attorneys, benefits professionals, safety directors, compliance officers, insurance professionals, business owners and managers, CFOs and controllers.
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