2017 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation
On April 6th - 7th, 2017 the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) will present the 2017 Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Forum.
The Forum will feature two exceptional tracks of advanced legal programming, all centered on the Bar’s traditional Workers’ Compensation Board Certification Review Course. Learn from some of today’s most qualified and highly recognized Board Certified speakers, judges, medical, and industry professionals.
This program is perfect for supervisors, case managers, vocational experts, risk and insurance professionals, who wish to increase their depth of knowledge and understanding of Florida’s workers’ compensation litigation environment.
Program approved for Paralegal credit (NALA)
*REMINDER to Board Certified Litigation (CWCL) Adjusters! To maintain the “CWCL” designation, board certified adjusters are required to attend the Forum at least once every 3 years. This means all who secured the designation in 2008, 2011 & 2014 must attend the 2017 Forum and stay until the end of the seminar in order to keep the designation (if they haven’t attended since obtaining their designation).
To register click here for Calendar Events Page
A room block at ChampionsGate has been arranged at a discounted rate of $182.00 (resort fee waived). You must make your reservations early by calling ChampionsGate’s central reservation number at 1-800-843-6664. The cut-off date for this special rate is Friday, March 10th, 2017.(There is a 72 hour cancellation policy) If the response to last year’s program is any gauge of attendee satisfaction, rooms will go fast.
** Due to our limited room block, please only book the amount of rooms needed per confirmed registrations**
Hotel Accommodations, click here: Hotel Accommodations
In the event that the hotel gets sold out, please view the list below of hotels in the area
The Fountains at Championsgate
WCCP Members (Adjuster/Nurse/Case Managers) - $169.00
WCCP Members (Vocational Experts)- $249.00
Non-WCCP Members (Adjuster/Nurse/Case Managers/Vocational Exp) - $325.00
Florida Bar Section Members - $395.00
Florida Bar Non-Section Members- $470.00
Late/Onsite Registration Fee - Additional $40.00 (After 03/25/2017)
( Note: Non-Sponsoring Vendors will NOT be Permitted to Attend)
WCCP Exhibitors- $850.00
*Additional Company Representative: $125.00 (limit one)
Exclusive Law Firm Sponsorship- $1000.00 (must have a registered conference attendee)
26th Annual Claims Management
& Leadership Conference
This year's WCCP Annual Claims Management & Leadership Conference is held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida. Please join us on June
11th - 14th, 2017 as we explore topics that will help us put into action this year's theme, "Building Resilience Through Leadership ."
This three day conference continues to enjoy significant success for its development of claims and medical supervisors, managers and executives from carriers, third party administrators, self insured employers, municipal and government entities. Year after year our attendees enjoy an event that offers an exciting lineup of local and national keynote speakers with more than a dozen leadership and management general sessions and workshops, all offered in a relaxed and intimate setting that is perfect for business development and relationship building.
Make this Your First Family Vacation Stop of the Summer!
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Hyatt Resort Lazy River and Triple Water slide
To register click here: Calendar Events Page
Third District Court of Appeal Decision Preserves Exclusive Remedy
On June 24, 2015, the State of Florida appeals a final summary judgement determining that section 440.11, Florida Statutes (2014), the “exclusiveness of liability” provision of the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law that immunizes from suit an employer and its employees for covered, work-related injuries, is facially unconstitutional under the United States and Florida Constitutions. Concluding that the threshold requirements for the prosecution of such claims were not met, we reverse.
See full Appellate Decision
Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates Decrease By 5.2% in 2015, Down by More than 57% Since the 2003 Reforms
Article by, Rafael Gonzalez,Vice President, Strategic Solutions Settlement Solutions
5-Hour Law and Ethics Update
As part of the passing of HB 725 on October 1, 2012, adjusters are now required to complete a mandatory 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update CE Course every 2 years specific to the license held by the licensee. The new law will affect those licensees who began their continuing education cycle on November 1, 2012 and will complete the compliance cycle in October, 2014.
This requirement is directly tied to CE compliance cycles ending 9/30/14 or earlier, and CE compliance cycles ending 10/31/14 or later. The licensees compliance period begins with the end of your birth month following the second anniversary of the first license issuance date, and then biennially thereafter. In addition to the five-hour course, adjusters will be required to participate in 19- hours of elective credits, approved by the department and focusing on their specific line of insurance.
HB 725: Understanding the Upcoming CE Changes