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December 6, 2013

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Fillable Commissioners Attendance Reports
  2. CRB Panel 2014
  3. New District Administrators
  4. Physicians and Commissioners Meet and Greet
  5. Form 472 Attorney Occupational Tax Return
  6. TP/Charitable Employment
  7. MSA Lanugage in Stipulations
  8. Walk-In Stipulations
  9. First Hearings
  10. Compliance with Expert Witness Testimony
  11. Budget

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the office of the Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Capitol Place, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting convened at 9:30 a.m. with all Commissioners present with Commissioner Ernie Walker and Commissioner Scott Barton being absent. Also present were Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  1. Fillable Commissioners’ Attendance Reports
    1. David Sims informed the Commissioners that their attendance reports will become fillable very soon. Instructions are being developed for distribution.
  2. CRB Panel 2014
    1. The CRB Panel for 2014 is as follows: Chairman Mastropietro, Commissioner Delaney and Commissioner Truglia.
  3. New District Administrators
    1. There are two new District Administrators - Mary Ellen Norton in Middletown and Brenda Henowitz (formerly of the Norwich District Office) in New Britain. We have also been able to fill positions in Waterbury, Stamford and Middletown. There is one position to be filled in Norwich.
  4. Physicians and Commissioners Meet and Greet
    1. The Chairman and Matt Katz of the Connecticut State Medical Society have discussed the potential for Commissioners and Physicians to have the opportunity to meet informally. This likely will be scheduled in May. Please let Tara know of any potential scheduling conflicts as soon as possible as everyone’s participation is needed.
  5. Form 472 Attorney Occupational Tax Return
    1. The Chairman reminds you that this form is due by January 15.
  6. TP/Charitable Employment
    1. Discussion ensued about employers entering into agreements with charitable entities to fulfill the temporary partial requirements of the statute.
  7. MSA Language in Stipulations
    1. Discussion ensued over the four scenarios distributed to the Commissioners for today’s meeting. These four samples were actual language taken from stipulations presented for Commissioner’s approval. A committee for review of same is being formed (Commissioners Delaney and Engel volunteered at today’s meeting.) If anyone is interested in serving on this committee, please let the Chairman know.
  8. Walk-In Stipulations
    1. Discussion ensued about walk-in stipulations. There are procedures in place for scheduling stipulation hearings in a district. A staff member (generally the paralegal) is assigned to review the stipulation according to the procedures in place. The Commissioners are encouraged to discuss same with their respective District Administrator.
  9. First Hearings
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to the time to schedule First Hearings in the districts. Overall, the numbers are good. This is a Commission objective that helps to ensure smooth running of the respective offices. As many Commissioners are not aware of how their district is fairing in this regard, Tara will provide each Commissioner with this information when the report is run for the Chairman.
  10. Compliance with Expert Witness Testimony
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to correspondence the Chairman received about a certain hospital’s physicians were instructed by their attorneys they are not to be compelled to testify as Expert Witnesses. The Chairman has written to the hospital and will report back.
  11. Budget
    1. The Chairman provided an update pertaining to the budget for this fiscal year.

There being no further business, Commissioner Delaney made a motion to Adjourn. Commissioner Goldberg seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

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