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Another Long-COVID View

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WCRI presented a Long COVID seminar on May 3, 2022. This provided an excellent overview of the challenges of the health effect of the recent pandemic and infections. The presentation in some specifics echoed the program presented recently by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). That is overviewed in Long COVID Seminar (April 2022). That post contains a link to view the ACOEM program. I recommend watching each of these.

The Stress of Testimony

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At the outset, this is a blog about workers' compensation. Periodically, I get feedback from the mis- (or un-) informed asking "what does this (whatever it is) have to do with workers' compensation?" While it may be that I take things for granted, I have striven in recent years to be more direct with the reader in this regard. Unfortunately, the world of workers' compensation too often includes litigation.

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The Best of NCCI's Symposium

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The 2022 Annual Issues Symposium presented by the National Council in Compensation Insurance was an enlightening experience. As per usual, there were a variety of statistics, measures, and data. Say what you want about this industry, but do not ever forget that it is data-driven and the volume of data seems to increase each year. However, perhaps the most valuable presentation was an interview by Bill Donnell, president and CEO of NCCI.

Immunity, Coworkers, Clarity

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The Kansas City Star reported a workplace fatality in a community close to Detroit, Michigan. Certainly, such an event is newsworthy in a general sense, but is perhaps of additional interest to those in the workers' compensation community. We strive for workplace safety, and at times struggle. Despite the ongoing threat of workplace death, safety has improved markedly in that regard. See Happy Memorial Day (April 2022).

Beyond the Dollar: Why Fertility Benefits Are About More Than Financial Support

Speaker: Kirsten Ferro, Vice President of Employer Sales at Carrot Fertility

In this session, we’ll discuss the complexities of fertility health and all the pieces a fertility benefit should include in order to best support your employees on their journeys.

Transitioning in the 2022 Consolidation

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In March 2022, the Office of Judges of Compensation Claims announced that there would be consolidation of district offices. See Consolidation, Mediation, and Remuneration. Days have morphed into weeks, and the plans for accomplishing the re-districting are becoming more concrete. It is an apt time to provide the workers' compensation community with more detail regarding the process and our progress. To review, the consolidation map is posted in the Regulatory Workers' Compensation blog.

And now, here's something we hope you'll really like.

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In the old days, and I mean old days, us kids lacked social media and video games. Evenings were devoted to homework, followed by reasonably predictable television fare with such staples as Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, and even Candid Camera.

The 1918 Flu in the News

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We have recently lived through the pandemic of our times. Although there is the potential for future challenges that have similarities to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, it is unlikely that many of us living today will be around to remember this when the next challenge comes along. We have seen a great deal of mistake and misstep in this instance, and reflection is perhaps a worthy use of a few moments.

Medical Excuse

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We are each a conglomeration of many factors. On a given day, I might be hitting on all cylinders and pushing the envelope. Yet, on another day it is possible that I might be tired, irritable, anxious, and a myriad of other emotional states all rolled into one. Bill Gates has said "The human body is the most complex system ever created. The more we learn about it, the more appreciation we have about what a rich system it is."

Technology Dream or Nightmare

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Remember the vaccine folks that were convinced that the government was conspiring to track us all through the vaccine program? There were a multitude of references, but this CNBC story provides some interesting insight: Why the COVID vaccines can’t contain a tracking microchip or make you magnetic. Make me magnetic? There is some appeal to that one. Remember when I discovered I was becoming cooler? See Changes Getting Cooler (November 2020). To be both cool and magnetic? Outstanding!

Global Guide to Hiring Digital Nomads

The growing digital nomad workforce offers companies new opportunities to expand their global teams. In this guide, you’ll discover key factors to consider before hiring digital nomads, as well as recommended locations that offer tailored visa programs.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

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In March 2022, the American Bar Association Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) section is bringing back its mid-year meeting. This annual tradition has come to have special meaning for the workers' compensation attorney community because of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (CWCL).

Long Covid Seminar

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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) hosted a free webinar (with excellent written materials ) on April 13, 2022 regarding the topic of "Long-COVID." Readers may remember that I first explored that topic first in COVID-19 Regressive Impact (May 2020), in COVID-19 in Comp - October Update (October 2020), Always on my Mind (February 2021), and Mental Health (January 2022).

We Are Hiring

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A deadline nears on April 22, 2022. Actually, two deadlines near. In short, this organization is in a transition marked by various long-standing district offices ceasing. Counties are being relocated to other districts, workload is shifting, and it is an interesting and exciting time of change. That is likely unsettling for some. See Consolidation, Mediation, and Remuneration (March 2022) and Consolidation Plans (March 2022).

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New Section 90.2035 Judicial Notice F

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Judicial notice is not a topic of conversation in many groups. However, those who litigate for a living find some interest in the topic. From years of experience with litigation, there are indicators that the tool is underutilized and periodically misunderstood. Familiarity with Sections 90.201-90.207 is recommended for trial counsel. Some judicial notice is mandatory ("shall take judicial notice") and includes constitutions, case law, statutes, and various rules of court. Section 90.201.

Fertility & Infertility 101: Why Fertility Benefits Are A Necessity and Not A Luxury

Speaker: Jackie Blanco, RN, BSN, Senior Manager of Medical Operations at Carrot Fertility & Nate Fournier, Enterprise Account Executive, Carrot Fertility

As an HR leader, the benefits you offer deeply impact employees' personal lives. In this webcast, we will provide you with an overview of fertility and infertility benefits, what different fertility journeys involve, and how you can best support your employees each step of the way.

Zehmer Finals in Tallahassee

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Last fall I wrote about the amazing transition of the annual Zehmer Moot Court competition. This is usually held at the annual workers' compensation conference each August, but 2021 was delayed.

Timeliness, Tolling, and Disaster

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The Supreme Court of Iowa rendered an interesting opinion in December 2021 in Askvig v. Snap-on Logistics. It is a poignant reminder of the challenges of timeliness, and the challenges of a pandemic. Essentially, an injured worker's application for rehearing was "deemed denied," and thereafter the worker's "attorney failed to file a petition for judicial review within thirty days." This was "during the early months of the COVID pandemic."

Judge Robert Dietz

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It has been a tough 2022 (I am cognizant that we are less than 10 days in). Yesterday (01.08.22) brought unwelcome news, a phone call in the mid afternoon. Calls like this are surreal, and I often struggle to accept that I have heard the caller correctly.

The Time is Now

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Aging is not new. Generations before us have come, stayed, and moved on. In their wake, there has persistently been some population of the "next generation" (note that is not capitalized , and not " Generation Next ") ready to step forward into leadership. The world of workers' compensation faces a cross roads of sorts. It is not new, we've discussed before, but it is time to get serious.

Attract Top Talent with 2022's Global Workforce Trends Report

In 2022, employee retention, work-life balance, and global team engagement will be top-of-mind for companies. This requires more diligence than ever, as being aware of the upcoming workforce trends will help boost retention and attract top global talent.

Workgroup Report on Civil Cases

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In December, the Florida Bar News published an interesting expose of a proposal to make "sweeping changes" to the "civil trial system." The article initially escaped my attention in the digital world (I do not visit the Bar site often, and have admittedly seen most Bar emails shifted to "spam").

Back to the Forum

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The 2021 Workers’ Compensation Forum in Orlando was a much anticipated event. The world at large was seemingly just awakening from pandemic, though Florida had largely returned to normal in 2020. See Happy Anniversary (March 2022). As we neared April 2021, I was asked time and again about operations, and when "normal" would return.

Weather, Allegations, and Comp

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There have always been severe weather events (remember Noah?). Those who live in places blessed with a minimum of such challenges may rejoice, but for many there are persistent fears of hurricanes, volcanos, tsunamis, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, flood, and more. It is a dangerous world in which we live.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

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A shout out this morning to Nat King Cole and perhaps the most iconic Christmas lyric of all time. I started to list the artists that have covered the tune since, but space is limited (my apologies if your favorite rendition is by another).

Corporate Tell-All: International Expansion Horror Stories

Behind the rose-tinted view of global expansion, there are more ghastly tales, many involving a multitude of country-specific laws and regulations. Fail to abide, and you’re risking lawsuits, high monetary costs, permanent reputational damage, and even jail time.

Housing Inflation

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In an alien and unpredictable turn, the government’s efforts to flood the economy with borrowed dollars have achieved some extraordinary impacts. See Shrinkflation and SB 959 (December 2021). Inflation has worsened even since December. Over the last decade, advocates and news outlets have pushed for increases in the minimum wage. In some instances, such as Florida, constitutional amendment has been the path to increasing wages.

Little Black Boxes

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In 1983, John Mellencamp (nee Cougar) released Little Pink Houses, an indictment perhaps of our (mis)perceptions of reality. He could have used a number of references, like picket fences, ice cream socials, drive ins, or more.

Consolidation, Mediation, and Renumeration

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The rumor mill is an active and intriguing place. A few rumors trickle back to me periodically. This post addresses some that seem pertinent and popular recently. A great deal is changing in the world of Florida workers' compensation disputes. Through a combination of Legislative action action and regulatory efforts, there is much to report now and the potential exists for additional change in the future. There is truth to the rumors that some District Offices will be consolidated soon.

It Isn't Maybe so Simple

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I overheard an interesting conversation recently that seemed to focus on challenges of economic opportunity. The speaker was espousing the perspective, essentially, that if things where you live are not what you would like the best option would be to find somewhere else to be. That was intriguing to me from the perspective of accrued value and investment. It is a simplification that perhaps bears consideration. Possibly there are expenses to relocation? Those might be monetary or otherwise?

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The Guide to Finding Global Talent

Remote work has opened the doors to hiring the best talent anywhere. Discover how building a talent hub in a specific geographic region can help grow your company. Learn key factors to consider when creating a hub and suggested locations.

Cyber Security at WCI

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The WCI will present cybersecurity as a breakout on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (8-12:15, Crystal Ballroom J-1).

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WCI 2021 - Must See

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The Workers' Compensation Institute 2021 is right around the corner. In less than two weeks we will all be back in the familiarity of the World Center, among friends, colleagues, and contemporaries.

Tech Stalking News

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In this blog, there have been various references to the ubiquity of technology. See Assume Everyone is Watching (September 2015); Evolving Issue of Body Cameras (July 2018); Artificial Intelligence Surveillance (August 2020); Surveillance, Conflicting Rights, and Balance (May 2021); and Drones, Surveillance, and Security (June 2021). We have even explored how hardware can be manipulated, perhaps, to invade our privacy. See Hardwired Hacking (November 2018).

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Sleeping but Tired

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My apologies for the late post today. I was, as they say, asleep at the switch. The Daily Dot recently reported a story made popular by exposure on social media. It featured a picture of a lady asleep on packages next to some sort of conveyor or sorting line. The title perhaps says it all "Poor thing was probably fired after she woke up’: Amazon worker filmed sleeping on pile of packages."

How to Create an Employer Brand That Attracts the Best Global Talent

Your employer brand not only affects your reputation and performance but your ability to attract and retain global talent. In this article, learn effective employer branding strategies, ways to communicate your employer brand, and more.

Retrograde?

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Merriam Webster says that retrograde means "having or being motion in a direction contrary to that of the general motion of similar bodies." In the simplest sense, it is not moving with the crowd. As (likely) Francis Phillip Wernig purportedly said: "The person who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before."

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