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Session descriptions

2022 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Opening remarks and WCD Modernization Program update

Nov. 1, 2022, 8 to 8:20 a.m.

Sally Coen and Heather Williamson

This opening session will discuss the division’s current state of technology and claims system, the value of streamlining processes, and our future system objectives.

"How to find and understand rules and statutes" and "Who is an independent contractor?"

Nov. 1, 2022, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Cathy Ostrand-Ponsioen and Bob Hamre

For the first half of this class, Cathy will walk attendees through how to find and navigate Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) with current, trusted resources and provide a live demonstration on finding rules. This class will cover the difference between statutes and rules, including how they’re made and updated. Cathy will also cover how to cite laws and rules in writing, discuss rulemaking hearings, information about bulletins, and discuss how appellate cases impact law.

For the second half of the class, Bob will outline the differences between an independent contractor and employee as defined by ORS 670.600. He will look at some of the important distinctions in the workers' compensation law. We'll review key questions that determine who is an independent contractor, such as: Do independent contractors have an independently established business; are they free from direction and control; do they provide their own equipment and tools; do they work for other people; and do they have a skill set in the work being performed?

Preferred Worker Program 101 panel

Nov. 1, 2022, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Jennifer Rice, Charity Steffen, and Caitlin Breitbach

This presentation describes the Preferred Worker Program. Participants will review real examples of the program in action. This training will also help participants determine how the program can help their organization.

Oregon Workers' Compensation Board update

Nov. 1, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Robert Pardington

From broad-stroke case law principles to fine nuances in claims processing disputes, get caught up on all the developments of the last 24 months. This class will be an informative and fast-paced review of the most important and interesting worker' compensation case decisions. Attendees will explore the history, reasoning, and impact of decisions issued by the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Workers' Compensation Board. Participate in the lively discussion after the presentation. You will learn the latest in course and scope, medical services, combined conditions, penalties and attorney fees, and other subjects. Apply your knowledge of ORS 656, OAR 436, and OAR 438 to the facts of the case, and learn about recent changes.

Oregon workers' compensation basics, part one

Nov. 2, 2022, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Jaylee Hlad-Mosgrove, Zoe Tacadena, and Dan Schmelling

Tune into both sessions of this two-part class and learn the basics of the Oregon workers' compensation system. Participants will follow the journey of a claim starting with filing to acceptance and beyond. The sessions will also cover a brief history of workers' compensation in Oregon, discuss claim timelines based on rule and statute, and best practices for all who are affected by workers' compensation claims.

Oregon workers' compensation basics, part two

Nov. 2, 2022, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Jaylee Hlad-Mosgrove, Zoe Tacadena, and Dan Schmelling

Tune into both sessions of this two-part class and learn the basics of the Oregon workers' compensation system. Participants will follow the journey of a claim starting with filing to acceptance and beyond. The sessions will also cover a brief history of workers' compensation in Oregon, discuss claim timelines based on rule and statute, and best practices for all who are affected by workers' compensation claims.

Oregon workers' compensation system overview with the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)

Nov. 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Todd Johnson

Obtain an overview of the Oregon workers' compensation system as measured by premium volume, combined ratios, lost-time claim frequency, and other metrics. View the impacts of the pandemic and the primary cost drivers on the Oregon workers' compensation system. Look ahead to the economic assets and challenges impacting the workers' compensation system and learn about the role of the residual market and recent changes.

Recordables and reportables: An Oregon OSHA and WCD collaboration, part one

Nov. 3, 2022, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bob Hamre and Craig Hamelund

Bob and Craig will walk attendees through reporting requirements for workplace injuries, discuss who is a covered employee, and help you better understand first aid requirements and criteria. This class will review reporting requirements for Form 801 and the OSHA 300 log. Presenters will talk about real-life scenarios to help participants determine how an injury or illness should be documented and understand retention requirements.

Recordables and reportables: An Oregon OSHA and WCD collaboration, part two

Nov. 3, 2022, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Bob Hamre and Craig Hamelund

Bob and Craig will walk attendees through reporting requirements for workplace injuries, discuss who is a covered employee, and help you better understand first aid requirements and criteria. This class will review reporting requirements for Form 801 and the OSHA 300 log. Presenters will talk about real-life scenarios to help participants determine how an injury or illness should be documented and understand retention requirements.

Oregon Employer-at-Injury Program, WCD sanctions update, and closing remarks

Nov. 3, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Charity Steffen and Donita White, Eddie Armadillo and Tasha Fisher, Sally Coen

This presentation will start with a description of the Oregon Employer-at-Injury Program (EAIP) provided by the Workers' Compensation Division. The presenters will explain the program benefits and the processes used to access these benefits. This class will also discuss the reimbursement process and answer attendees questions. The second part of the class will cover how to avoid civil penalties from WCD. This discussion will delve into the statutes involved, explain common demand letters, discuss what is required to stay in compliance, explain how penalties are assessed, and discuss best practices.

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