Attached is the latest edition of the News & 440 Report.
The Florida Bar has approximately 107,000 members. The Workers’ Compensation section has approximately 1,200 members. Given our small numbers, it is not uncommon to cross each other’s paths several times over the course of our careers. Developing close relationships with our colleagues used to be commonplace, and that was an amazing thing. But as time passes, due to technology and more firms growing statewide practices, our day to day contact has been significantly reduced.
Where we used to see each other daily, we now see motions for sanctions. Where we used to recognize phone numbers on our caller ID, we now get inundated with e-mail. Now believe me, I am not suggesting that we go back to live pre-trials, but in the sage words of my predecessor, Glen Weiland, PICK UP THE PHONE. We are the stewards of our practice and if ever there was a time for collegiality, it is now. To an extent, the pandemic has drawn us apart, but now we have a need for togetherness. It is time to pick up the phone and work things out. It is time to administer ethics and professionalism. It is time to look in the mirror and treat others as we would want to be treated.
With that said, I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section for the 2020-2021 term.
While the pandemic has presented obstacles for all of us, look for the Executive Council to continue in its efforts to secure a salary increase for the Judges of Compensation Claims (JCC’s). Our JCC’s play an integral role in the workers’ compensation system and it should be of paramount importance to all members of the Section that we continue to work with industry and all other interested parties to secure this salary increase.
Additionally, pandemic permitting, we will be working on outreach programs to reach new practitioners to promote section membership. I’d like to see us partner with the Inns of Court throughout the state to foster professionalism and ethics. Also, we will be putting plans in place to take a more active role in Big Bar activities and events. While we have a very cordial Bar, being more involved in Big Bar events will increase our presence in the State and help us to become the best section we can be.
Finally, it is my intent to have an open-door policy. If any Section member has any comments or ideas on how to improve the Section and the services we offer, or just wants to chat about the state of our practice, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. As Chair, I am here to serve you and look forward to the upcoming year.
Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
We're hosting an upcoming webinar "Medicare Secondary Payer & Professional Administration Update" on Tuesday April 21st at 2:00PM EST.
Reserve your seat today to learn about recent and potential changes to Medicare Set Asides (MSAs), conditional payments, and Section 111 reporting, and updates on Professional Administration.
*All registrants will receive the webinar recording following the event*
We're also excited to share:
- An article discussing The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new requirement for WCMSA submissions to include a Consent to Release form and its significance for injured individuals
- The release of our new video, ‘How Does Medicare Set Aside Administration Work?’ that explains how professional administration helps injured individuals manage their care and fulfills their responsibilities to Medicare
- A news update regarding the CDC's Life Tables for 2017 being utilized for calculating life expectancy in WCMSAs
- How settlements with a Special Needs Trust (SNT) component help protect an injured individual’s public benefits and important factors to consider when selecting the appropriate trust option
On April 8 the Workers' Compensation Section offered a free webinar titled "Navigating the CARES Act. Your Business Today and 1 Year from Now". That webinar was recorded and is available at the link below for your convenience.
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/172024370?pwd=cTI3bXFRcFFYR0d0RkVrTmRmaTgvdz09
Description: Hosted By: Alexander Almazan, Managing Shareholder, Almazan Law, P.A. and the Workers Compensation Section of the Florida Bar
Brett Bigenho, Vice President, City National Bank
Stephen Taylor, JD, CFP Managing Advisor, Stephen A. Taylor Wealth Management
The webinar is complimentary to all Workers Compensation section members of the Florida Bar.
Objectives and Topics:
- Minimum 2 employee law firms can qualify for relief but you must act quickly
- CARES ACT, SBA Loan and Paycheck Protection Program and you and your business
- Key components of the program and how to access those Federal relief funds authorized through the recent Stimulus Package
- Benefits, who qualifies, what types of loan can you apply for and how much are you eligible for in Federal assistance
- What can the loan proceeds be used for and how do I calculate Average Monthly Payroll (AMP)
- What documentation do you need to upload as part of your application
Who Should Attend?
- Any lawyer or company administrator responsible for forgivable loan relief programs.
- Owners of businesses with between 2 to 500 employees impacted by COVID-19
Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 172 024 370
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aboTJ4iFDJ
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