8:30 | Registration

9:00 | Welcome and Opening Remarks

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

9:10 | Historical Review and Analysis

How Did We Get Here:  The History and Key Developments Shaping a Century of Workers’ Compensation Nationally and in Vermont

Justice Brian Burgess, retired, Vermont Supreme Court
Paul Gillies, Partner, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson
Steve Monahan, Director, Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

Moderator: Keith Kasper, President, McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard

10:40 | Break

10:50 | Best Practices

Models and Lessons for Making Workers’ Compensation Work Best for Employees and Employers, Including Workplace Safety, Return to Work, and More

Donna Curtin, Owner and Certified Vocational Counselor, VRS Disability Management
Scott Meyer, Program Director, Project WorkSAFE, Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor  
Dr. Austin Sumner, Occupational Medical Physician and Medical Director, Occupational Medicine, Central Vermont Medical Center
Moderator:  Dennis LaBounty, Political Director, Vermont AFL-CIO

12:00 | Lunch Keynote Address and Presentation on Kids’ Chance

Robert Wilson, President and CEO,

Keith Kasper, President, McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard

1:00 | Reforming Workers’ Compensation

National Perspectives and Lessons

Peter Rousmaniere, Consultant and Columnist on Workers’ Compensation and Risk Management
Peter Burton, Senior Division Executive for State Relations, National Council on Compensation Insurance
Paul Sighinolfi, Executive Director, Maine Workers’ Compensation Board and Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions

Moderator:  Laura Backus Hall, State Relations Executive, National Council on Compensation Insurance

2:00 | Reforming Workers’ Compensation

Perspectives and Proposals for Vermont

William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
John Hollar, Director, DRM
David Mickenberg, Senior Strategist, Necrason Group
Steve Monahan, Director, Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

Co-Facilitators: Representative Bill Botzow, Chair, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, and Senator Michael Sirotkin, Member, Senate Finance Committee.

3:00 | Wrap Up Questions and Discussion; Closing Remarks

Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

This conference will also help promote Kids’ Chance of Vermont, the local branch of the national Kids’ Chance program. Kids’ Chance offers college tuition scholarships to the children of injured workers.

To learn more about this worthy charity and make a donation, click here.
Celebrating 100 Years of Workers' Compensation in Vermont
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Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

Tuesday, September 15   |   Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier

Vermont is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Vermont Workers'™ Compensation Act this year.  To celebrate a century of joint progress toward safer workplaces and collaboration between employees and employers, the Workers'™ Compensation Centennial Steering Committee has worked on a number of events and initiatives, including a special conference to be held on September 15 in Montpelier.  This conference will feature panels on the history of workers'™ compensation nationally and in Vermont, best practices and lessons for employers and workers in return to work and workplace safety, reviews of major reforms around the country, and proposals for improving workers'™ compensation in Vermont going forward.

Managers, workers, business and labor advocates, legal and insurance professionals, legislators and regulators, and any other Vermonters interested in workers'™ compensation are welcome to register to attend.

Registration is $50, due by September 10.  Please register using the form below.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to send us questions and suggestions for the presenters ahead of time.

For questions and suggestions, as well as more information about registration, sponsorship, or other matters, please email us.

We hope to see you there!

CLE:  approved for 5 hours general credits of continuing legal education.

Registration and Logistics:

Please register using the form below (if your browser is not showing the form, you can click here for a printable form -- note that it has a link to the portal for credit card payments as well). 

Logistical information, including directions and parking vouchers, will be sent with registration confirmation.

Registration is required by September 10, and covers lunch and materials at the event and online following.  Sorry, no refunds for cancellations after COB September 10.  If you cannot pay for your registration online or by check by September 10, please email us for options.

Be sure to check out the Department of Labor's web page for the anniversary!

The Vermont Bar Journal dedicated its Summer 2015 issue to the Workers' Compensation Centennial -- click here to read the issue online!

Interested in sponsoring the conference?  Click here!