Stranger Things: The Oddest, Weirdest, Most Bizarre Claims I Have Ever Had

At the 2017’s CWC and Risk conference a panel discussed some of their oddest, weirdest, and most bizarre claims they have seen in their careers.The panel included: · Danny Flores, Global Associate Coordinator Workers Compensation, Whole Foods Market · Kurt Leisure, Vice President of Risk Services, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. · Laurie Wenyon, Senior Manager, […]

Employer and Stakeholder Panel: State of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is constantly evolving with new case law and legislation around the nation every year. Because of this, managing a workers’ compensation program is a huge challenge for risk managers. At the CWC and Risk conference Mark Walls lead a panel discussion around the state of workers’ compensation.  The panel included:  · Janine Kral, […]

Workers’ Compensation Bloggers Debate Industry Trends

Top industry bloggers debated the hottest issues facing workers’ compensation and risk management at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference. Speakers included: Bob Wilson, President & CEO,, LLC Julius Young, Attorney, Boxer & Gerson, LLP Jennifer Jordan, Chief Legal Officer, Medval Michael Gavin, President, Prium Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic […]

Creating a World-Class Risk & Safety Culture

In this session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, three seasoned risk management professionals shared their experiences around changing the mindset, and ultimately the culture, of organizations to become safety focused. Speakers included: Dan Holden, Manager, Corporate Risk & Insurance, Daimler Trucks North America Heidi Bastien, Director of Risk Management, Rubio’s Restaurants, […]

Federal Risk Management Issues Affecting Employers

This session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference analyzed the latest federal workers’ compensation trends and their impact on employers. Speakers included: Gregory McKenna, VP & Counsel Governmental Affairs, Gallagher Bassett Robert Cartwright, Jr., Safety and Health Regional Manager, Bridgestone Retail Operations OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Regulations OSHA recently issued a final reporting […]

To C&R or Not C&R – That is the Question

A compromise and release (C&R) agreement is essentially a contract between an injured worker and a party that is paying workers’ compensation benefits to the injured person. By signing the agreement, the injured party settles his workers’ compensation claim in exchange for a lump-sum check. This panel at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk […]

Preparing for Cyber Threats

Cyber attacks expose an organization to various cyber risks like financial loss, regulatory sanctions and reputational damage. In this session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Heather Wilkinson, Vice President, FINEX E&O/Cyber Manager at Willis Towers Watson, discussed current cyber threats and what companies can do to counter them. The cyber insurance […]

Top Three Medicare Issues Impacting Workers’ Compensation

This session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference highlighted three major Medicare issues impacting workers’ compensation today. Speakers included: Dan Wynn, Workers’ Compensation Manager, Goodwill Southern California John Kane, Medicare Program Director, Liberty Mutual Ciara Koba, Partner, Burns White LLC Latest Developments The SMART Act amended the Social Security Act requiring that […]

California Department of Industrial Relations Legislative Update 

At the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, and David Lanier, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, provided an update on the department’s progress, challenges and future outlook.  According to David Lanier, California has come a long way in the past […]

The Impact of Mental Health at the Workplace

This session at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference addressed some of the latest thinking and research related to the impact of mental well being and behavioral health in the workplace.   Speakers included: Denise Zoe Algire, National Director, Managed Care & Disability, Corporate Risk Management, Albertsons/Safeway Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Vice President […]

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