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Wisconsin Worker's Compensation - Emerging Issues and Strategies

Stay up to date on Wisconsin's Worker's Compensation laws.

The Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Act (WCA) has undergone significant changes in its 116 year history; however, in 2016, the WCA underwent one of the most-significant legislative amendments in recent years. Insurance carriers, HR personnel, TPAs, self-insured employers, and employees are usually only made aware of these changes on a piecemeal basis when specific issues arise, and are left without any understanding as to the breadth of those changes. The first section of this topic helps explain those procedural and substantive changes, as well as provides a micro and macro analysis of the impact of those changes on the entire worker's compensation system in Wisconsin. Recent industrial trends have shown employers strive to have a healthy workforce, and are implementing wellness programs to facilitate the overall wellbeing of their employees. The second section of this material addresses the increasing trend of employer-sponsored wellness programs offered to employees. The focus is on how these wellness programs do improve overall employee health, which leads to less work-related injuries, less lost-time related to those injuries, and the corollary of lower insurance premiums. However, management-oriented personnel need to be aware of certain pitfalls where injuries have been found to be work-related while engaged in those wellness programs. This section will provide key insights for management-oriented personnel to mitigate any negative impacts of a wellness program. When work injuries occur, management-oriented personnel need to know how to properly document work injuries in the event of litigation. This final section provides management-oriented personnel with the proper tools to effectively document work injuries to expedite treatment, return employees back to work, and also provide sufficient information later in time in the event of litigation.

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Recent Changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation System

  • Explanation Procedural Changes to WCA and Administrative Handling of Worker's Compensation Claims
  • Explanation of Substantive Law Changes to WCA and Effect on Practitioners, Insurance Carriers, TPAs, and Self-Insured Employers
  • Focus Areas of Increased Litigation Based on Changes
  • Key Takeaway: The Law Has Changed, and Here Is How We Can Use Those Changes to Benefit Both Our Workforce as Well as Minimize Our Exposure

Wellness Programs: Positives and Pitfalls

  • Explanation of Wellness Program Exception Statutorily Created by WCA to Provide Exception to Benefits When Employees Engage in Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs
  • Positive Effects of Wellness Programs in Reducing Work Injuries, Loss-Time, and Overall Insurance Premiums From Positive Residual Effect of Healthy Workforce
  • Pitfalls of Wellness Programs Wherein Compensability Has Been Found When Employees Engage in Wellness Programs With Case Law Examples
  • Key Takeaway: Implementing an Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Has Significant Benefits, but Has Potential of Opening up an Organization to Liability Under the WCA

Building a Defense: Proactive Approaches to Work Injury Documentation

  • Investigation and Documentation of Key Facts at the Initial Onset of a Work Injury Are the Hallmark of Any Successful Defense
  • Reporting Requirements Within an Organization Help Streamline the Process of Filing Work Accidents to Begin the Investigation Process
  • Effective and Open Communication Helps Bridge the Gap Between Employees and Employers
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Walker J. J. Stutzman

Walker J. J. Stutzman

Weld Riley, S.C

  • Attorney with Weld Riley, S.C.
  • Member of the firm’s litigation practice group with a focus on worker’s compensation defense and labor and employment law
  • Represents insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in worker’s compensation defense in both private practice and as an in-house corporate counsel
  • Experienced as corporate counsel, he worked closely with HR personnel to compile all necessary information to help defend worker's compensation claims and help HR personnel implement strategies to reduce work injuries and expedite claim reporting
  • J.D. degree, Western New England University School of Law
  • Can be contacted at 715-839-7786
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Published 2017
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