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2020 HR Webinar Series Part I: Workers' Compensation Basics

2020 HR Webinar Series Part I: Workers' Compensation Basics

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

Member Price: $25 | Non-Member Price: $40

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Workers’ Compensation continues to be a complicated program and a large insurance cost for most companies. You must correctly provide benefits and ensure all of the paperwork and forms are done by deadline, properly set up job modifications, recognize and fight fraudulent claims, and understand what to do when entering a WC hearing process to come out with the best outcome. Workers’ Compensation also overlaps the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as defined by the EEOC.

WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS

To help businesses understand how to handle some of the most challenging aspects of the Workers’ Compensation program, Niki Ingram and Anthony Natale III, both with the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin, will discuss:

  • The most common mistakes companies make when applying for WC benefits
  • How to determine if an injured employee coming back to work should first be assigned light duty, limited duty or modified duty
  • What is considered a reasonable accommodation by the EEOC; how the EEOC defines job restructuring and modification of equipment to fit the injured employee; and how this ties into the ADA
  • How to avoid the biggest mistakes companies make regarding job modifications – e.g. job restructuring to fit the abilities of the injured employee
  • Red flags to look for that indicate WC fraud may be happening
  • Best practices for fighting WC fraud if your findings, or an investigation, indicate fraud is taking place
  • Strategies for dealing with the WC hearing process – do’s and don’ts to protect your company during the hearing process; how to gain the best outcome for both your company and the injured employee
  • General best practices recommended for complying with Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Law

If time permits, the speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 1.5
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 1.5
Human Resource Certification Institute SHRM-CP ™ / SHRM-SCP ™ PDC's 1.5
SHRM Preferred Provider SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 1.5

Note: To receive continuing education credits, each individual is required by the crediting organizations to log on and log off as proof of attendance.

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 | ssmith@pachamber.org.

About The Speakers

Niki Ingram

Niki Ingram is a Shareholder with the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin, where she is the director of the Workers’ Compensation Department for the firm. She is responsible for more than 40 attorneys in 11 offices, and also serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.  Throughout her career, Niki has handled personal injury defense cases and tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal court. Since joining the firm in 1988, Niki has devoted the entirety of her practice to workers’ compensation defense, representing self-insureds, insurance companies and employers. Niki graduated with distinction from Smith College with an A.B. in Psychology. She received her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Niki has worked in the public interest sector for the government, and in the private sector.  She was recognized at the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Minority Business Leader Awards as one of the Philadelphia region’s top minority business leaders, based on professional accomplishments, community leadership, philanthropy, awards and milestones.  She is a frequent speaker at the PA Chamber’s Human Resources Conference, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the PA Chamber’s WC Guide.

Anthony Natale III

Anthony Natale III is a Shareholder with the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin.  He devotes his practice to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, municipal law (Heart and Lung Act), and federal Longshore and Harbor workers’ compensation. He focuses on high-exposure, complex litigation including repetitive trauma claims, occupational disease and hearing loss claims, as well as chemical sensitivity claims. He also actively represents the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association in regard to workers’ compensation matters.  Tony is the founder of Marshall Dennehey’s in-house workers’ compensation Continuing Legal Education program. He is frequently called upon to speak to insurance companies and self-insured employers in the areas of workers’ compensation and employment law.