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


Choice of Two Workshops

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop 1: Workers’ Comp Legal Year-in-Review
The Impact of New Laws and Key Cases

What’s it all about? To be precise, this is Legal Year(s)-in-Review, as we bring you up to date on key workers’ compensation developments since we last met at the Samoset in the summer of 2019. Conference attendees will receive a digital format compendium of appellate decisions, legislation, and rulemaking from that period. Then, our panel will select three or four key cases for argument. In each case, you will hear both sides of the issue presented, a description of the case holding, and an analysis of the impact of the decision – including guidance for legal counsel, and the implications for the larger workers’ compensation community in Maine.    

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Discover key developments on the legislative and administrative fronts that impact your role in the comp system in Maine.  
  • Become fluent in the results and strategic importance of recent Appellate decisions. 
  • Leave this session with a better understanding of where the system of Maine workers’ compensation is heading.  

 Faculty: Mike Richards,Karen Bilodeau, and Richard Hewes. 

Applying for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE 

Workshop 2: Managing Cases in the Post(?) Covid World 
An Interdisciplinary Conversation 

What’s it all about? The past year and a half left its impact on every aspect of our work lives. The workers’ compensation system being no exception to the rule. We’ve gathered practitioners from various corners of comp practice to discuss the evolution of case management. Discover what an occupational medicine doctor, a nurse case manager, and counsel for employers and employees have to say about: 1) What has changed for the better/worse in achieving results for their clients. 2) How they have managed their responsibilities under Covid restrictions. 3) Lessons learned that may provide for more efficient case management in the future. 

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Engage in a discussion on the effectiveness and ramifications of telehealth. 
  • Discuss how the legal/administrative functions of the system have changed. 
  • Discover what these professionals have done to foster effective communication among the parties to the workers’ compensation system in Maine.  

Faculty: John Cronan,Al Mesrobian, Sara Archie, and Carol McMannus.

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