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The following information is from the completed 2021 event. Please check back in the spring for details on next year. 

Workers’ Comp Summit: Sept 22-23, 2021 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Wednesday, September 22

8:00 am - 7:15 pm

Make Registration your first stop and pick up your Comp Summit badge. Badges are required for entry to any Conference areas or activities. Registration is located in the Schooner Room, the first meeting room on the right of the main hallway.

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Golf Tournament

The Comp Summit Golf Tournament Returns!

12:00 PM Shotgun Start · $125 per player · BOX LUNCH INCLUDED!

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Samoset’s 18-hole championship course. BOX LUNCH is included in the price, available for pick up at 11:15 AM. Great prizes to win.

Register for the tournament by September 15. **ALL GOLF PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE COMP SUMMIT CONFERENCE** No outside guests are permitted.

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Choice of Two Workshops

Workshop 1: Ten Things…
Everyone New to Workers’ Comp Should Know!

What’s it all about? New to Workers’ Comp? Or perhaps you just want a refresher? Here are ten things you must know to serve your clients and employer well. In each category, faculty will highlight the principal issue, why it is important to your knowledge basis, and a golden nugget takeaway to smooth the path in your day-to-day work! Faculty includes legal counsel from a defense-oriented firm, an employee-oriented firm, and MEMIC – Tom QuartararoBen DeTroy, and Dana Herzer 

And here is your Top Ten! 

  1. No fault nature of the system. 
  2. Arising out of and in the course of employment. 
  3. Physical vs. Mental injury. 
  4. Benefits. 
  5. First Reports & NOCs. 
  6. Investigations. 
  7. Mediation. 
  8. Return to Work/ job search. 
  9. Conversations among injured workers, adjusters, HR, attorneys, and the medical community. 
  10. Settlements and Hearings. 

Bonus Round: The connection among WC, ADA, FMLA 

Approved for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE, SHRM, and HRCI.  

Workshop 2: Mental and Physical Well-Being 
Long-Haul Covid and Workers’ Comp

What’s it all about? Coming to terms with the mental and physical implications of Covid and its relationship to workers’ compensation is likely to be an evolution rather than a cathartic moment. We’ll start by looking at how insurers have shifted their thinking over the past year and a half by looking at the data. Then we’ll turn to two respected medical authorities in Maine to address the physical and mental health issues that Covid portends. What is the long haul – weeks, months, years, a lifetime? Are there patterns, or is this mostly unpredictable? How much skepticism is there to long-haul issues and what is the danger of marginalizing this population?

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Begin to piece together the Covid data from Maine and elsewhere.
  • Study the physical and mental health impact of the virus and what we know and don’t know about the long-haul. Then discuss the impact on employee well-being.
  • Discuss how we might assess claims by injured workers who report post-Covid ailments including trouble thinking and remembering, severe fatigue, chronic headaches, and pervasive bodily aches and pains.

Faculty: Paul Sighinolfi, Kenji Saito, MD, Jeffrey Barkin, MD, and Matt Harmon.

Approved for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE, SHRM, and HRCI.

Program Faculty: Ben DeTroy, Dana Herzer, Jeffrey Barkin, MD, Kenji Saito, MD, Matt Harmon, Paul Sighinolfi, Tom Quartararo

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
PLENARY: The Great Debate Returns!

Should This Claim Be Paid?

What’s it all about? After a one-year pause, this engaging staple of Comp Summit returns with fresh perspectives on whether or not a claim should be paid. The faculty will debate not only whether an injury arises out of and in the course of employment, but also other interesting issues and claims decided by the Board, Appellate Division and/or Law Court. Using a fast-paced and entertaining debate to engage even the most seasoned practitioner, the panel will present the employer, claims manager, and employee’s perspective and the audience will weigh in before the outcome of the actual case is given. Because the scenarios are real cases, attendees will secure practical guidance and reference materials to assist in analyzing new and pending claims. 

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Enhance your knowledge of the “arising out of” and “in the course of employment” legal standards.
  • Consider the interrelationship of law and facts in the determination of compensability.
  • In the process, enhance your critical thinking and learn how to best position your cases for success. 

Faculty: Rebecca BurnsCarol McMannusTamii Rose, Anne-Marie Storey, and Rita Bean

Approved for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE, SHRM, and HRCI. 

Program Faculty: Anne-Marie Storey, Carol McMannus, Rebecca Burns, Rita Bean, Tamii Rose

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Business as Unusual? Discrimination and Harassment Update Post-Pandemic

Respect in the Virtual and Hybrid Working Worlds

What’s it all about? How has Covid 19, specifically the exodus and now return to work onsite, impacted employment discrimination and harassment in Maine? And, how have DE&I issues affected those same issues? Human nature may not have changed, but the way we do our work certainly has. To decipher all of this, we’ve invited to the faculty Aria Eee (Executive Director, Board of Overseers of the Bar) and noted employment law defense attorney Peter Lowe (Brann & Isaacson) to discuss developments in this arena with the goal of enhancing a culture of respect, inclusion and diversifying the Maine Bar and workplaces throughout the state. 

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Learn about recent trends in employment concerns and discrimination claims in Maine. 
  • Discover some of the best policies and practices in place at workplaces that discourage harassment and encourage respectful, inclusive behavior. 
  • Discuss strategies for addressing return to office, vaccines, face coverings, and other COVID-related issues.   

Approved for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE (discrimination and harassment or ethics credit), SHRM, and HRCI ethics credit.  

Program Faculty: Aria Eee, Peter Lowe

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcoming Reception and EXPO

Join the Summit’s opening reception and EXPO! It’s a great way to renew acquaintances and make new Comp Summit friends. Enjoy the delicious hors d’oeuvres, networking, and hear the Golf Tournament winner announcements.

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Barbeque and Music (Optional)

Join us for a barbecue under the tent, with a view out to sea, and a little music to boot. Available for an add-on purchase. Add-on deadline is September 15, 2021.

Wednesday, September 22 Thursday, September 23