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Understanding Disability in the Workplace: LTD, STD, Workers' Compensation and Return to Work

 

Find out what regulations are impacting your illness and injury programs and how to remain compliant.

This topic will provide you with a thorough analysis and discussion in order to understand the term disability under various states' workers' compensation statutes. You will also be provided with an in-depth learning experience covering the various available benefits including Long-Term Disability (LTD) and Short-Term Disability (STD) and the interplay with receipt of workers' compensation benefits. This information will present specific strategies to assess return-to-work motivation, risks and factors which can impact a prolonged period of disability and create barriers which influence return-to-work outcomes. Finally, the material will address several COVID-19 issues impacting the return-to-work situation for an injured worker.

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Zachary M. Rubinich

Zachary M. Rubinich

Rawle & Henderson LLP

  • Partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP
  • Focuses on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania
  • Based on his extensive experience, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section has certified him as specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law
  • Handles all aspects of litigation before workers’ compensation judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Routinely counsels employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators on claims management, workplace safety, return-to-work programs, employment practices and risk management
  • Chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee for 2018-2019, served as vice-chair of the committee for 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
  • Recently appointed to the following ABA leadership positions, effective September 2019: vice-chair of the Litigation and Trial Practice Committee; vice-chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee; member of the Ethics and Professionalism Standing Committee; and member of the CLE Board Committee
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory in 2019 for seventh consecutive year, selected as a 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, and selected by Super Lawyers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star from 2010 - 2014
  • Recently selected as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Class of 2020
  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania
  • J.D. degree, Widener University School of Law; B.A. degree in political science and government, Lycoming College
Mary Bergmann

Mary Bergmann

Rawle & Henderson LLP

  • Associate in the New York City and Long Island offices of Rawle & Henderson LLP
  • Concentrates practice on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in New York State
  • Has successfully handled matters before the New York Workers’ Compensation Law Board and appeals in the New York State Court of Appeals, the New York State Appellate Division First, Second and Third Departments, and Appellate Term
  • Has also handled matters involving insurance coverage, product liability, casualty and premises liability, auto liability and over-the-road truckers’ liability
  • Admitted to practice in New York, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • J.D. degree, Brooklyn Law School, B.A. degree in political science, Fordham University
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