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May 11, 2015

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Pending Legislation
    2. Budget
    3. Proposed Mediation Guidelines
    4. WCC Commissioner Renominations
    5. WCC Advisory Board Renominations
  3. Approval of Minutes (12-4-14, 3-9-15 and 4-13-15)
  4. New Business
  5. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on May 11, 2015 in the CRB Hearing Room at the Chairman’s Office, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, CT. The meeting convened at 10:10 a.m. with the following Board Members present: John Adamson, Michael Dimenstein, Theodore Duarte, Ross Hollander, Gregory Nokes, and Don Shubert. Also attending were Chairman John Mastropietro, Michael Petosa and Connie Rue of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Chairman John Mastropietro welcomed the group.
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Legislation - Chairman Mastropietro explained pending legislation including bills providing coverage for severe mental and emotional impairment for police officers, firefighters, and ambulance workers; presumptive coverage for certain cancers for uniformed fire fighters; wage reimbursement for claimants attending depositions; and shifting workers’ compensation liability for personal care attendants from the consumer to the state.
    2. Budget - Chairman Mastropietro acknowledged that there is no new information because the budgets are still in process at the legislature.
    3. Proposed Mediation Guidelines - Chairman Mastropietro discussed the implementation of a new voluntary program whereby the parties in a litigated matter may request the services of a Commissioner to help mediate a resolution prior to trial. The parties will be required to provide necessary materials to their agreed upon Commissioner. It is anticipated that a mediation session would be held within 30-45 days after requested. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2015. Mediation resolution is becoming a common practice to resolve a case short of trial. Discussion was held about the types of complex claims that would benefit. The Advisory Board members endorsed the plan and agreed that the Chairman may present it to the Commissioners for approval.
    4. Advisory Board Nominations - Chairman Mastropietro was proud to announce that Governor Malloy appointed and the legislature approved the renominations of John Adamson and Michael Dimenstein for additional four year terms through December 31, 2018. Notice was taken that Governor Malloy still needs to fill the vacancy left by Daniel Krause who resigned effective September 1, 2014.
    5. Advisory Board Chairman Vacancy - The board had previously made inquiry to Douglas Rinaldi as to his availability and who has yet to advise concerning same. A motion was made by John Adamson to choose Douglas Rinaldi, should he deem himself available, to become the Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. The motion was seconded by Don Shubert and passed unanimously.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    1. A motion to approve the minutes from meetings held on December 4, 2014, March 9 and April 13, 2015 was made by John Adamson and seconded by Theodore Duarte. The motion passed unanimously.
  4. Adjournment
    1. A motion to adjourn was made by John Adamson and seconded by Ross Hollander. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
  5. Next Meeting
    1. The next meeting will be held on June 8, 2015.

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