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May 9, 2016

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Discussion of Advisory Board Chairman’s Position
  3. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. New Business
  6. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on May 9, 2016 in the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s CRB Hearing Room, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting convened at 10:15 a.m. with the following Board Members present: Rocco Calo (acting chair), John Adamson, Michael Dimenstein, Theodore Duarte, with Donald Shubert and Greg Nokes via electronic transmission. Also present were Chairman John A. Mastropietro and Michael Petosa from the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  1. Selection of Chairperson for the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board
    1. Acting Chairman Rocco Calo opened the meeting with discussion on selecting the next Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board. Following lengthy discussion, the members voted.
    2. Ross Hollander made a motion to choose Michael J. Riley as the new Chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board, effective with the next meeting scheduled on June 6, 2016. The motion was seconded by Theodore Duarte. The motion passed unanimously.
  2. WCC Chairman Mastropietro’s Update on Legislation Enacted During the 2016 Session
    1. Chairman Mastropietro discussed the following bills which were passed in the House and Senate and are awaiting signature by Governor Dannel Malloy:
    1. Senate Bill No. 101 — An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Sole Proprietors:
      this bill enables sole proprietors who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance to work on public works projects, provided they meet certain criteria including carrying liability insurance.
    2. House Bill No. 5262 — An Act Concerning Establishing a Firefighters Cancer Relief Program:
      this bill establishes the Firefighters Cancer Relief Program and provides wage replacement benefits to eligible paid and volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain cancer conditions. The bill specifically excludes a firefighter who receives benefits from the account from concurrently receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
    3. House Bill No. 5364 — An Act Concerning the Filing of Workers’ Compensation Claims When the Municipality is the Employer:
      this bill requires a municipal employee to send a copy of the notice of claim to the town clerk where he/she is employed in order for the injured worker to file a legal notice of claim.
    4. Budget
      the current budget has not directly impacted the agency at this time, other than new vacancies created due to retirements are presenting issues with staff shortages; and bumping issues are on the horizon.
    5. Vacancies
      one vacancy still remains for a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner and one vacancy for a person representing employees on the Advisory Board.
  3. Minutes
    1. Ross Hollander made a motion to approve the Advisory Board minutes for March 7 and April 6, 2016. Michael Dimenstein seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
  4. Adjournment
    1. John Adamson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Theodore Duarte seconded the motion which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
  5. Next Meeting
    1. The next meeting will be held on June 6, 2016.

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