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Welcome to the Workers' Compensation Section Home Page.

Your Executive Council has created this site in an effort to encourage and facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the members of our Section. Enjoy! The purpose of the Workers' Compensation Section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have a common interest in workers' compensation law. The Section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial abilities in workers' compensation cases.


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Richard J Manno, Esq.
1099 W. Morse Blvd.
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HEARING ON APPLICATIONS FOR JUDICIAL REAPPOINTMENT

NOTICE

The Statewide Nominating Commission for the Judges of Compensation Claims (SNCJCC) will meet Monday, December 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott (room to be announced), to interview the following Judges of Compensation Claims (JCCs) for potential reappointment by Governor DeSantis:

  • Eduardo Almeyda
  • David Langham
  • Robert Dietz
  • Jacquelyn Newman
  • Iliana Forte
  • Neal Pitts
  • Jeffrey Jacobs
  • Timothy Stanton

Applications shall be submitted to Laura Dane, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060 or Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us, by Friday, November 19, 2021. This may be hard copy or flash drive (with PDF copies) by mail delivery, or electronic in PDF format by email. Each applicant must submit a non-redacted copy and a redacted* copy.

Address any questions or comments relating to the above Judges of Compensation Claims in writing to: Wogan “Wogie” Badcock, (SNCJCC Commission Chair), P.O. Box 497, Mulberry, FL 33860.

Applicant’s names will be published (http://e-jccupgrade.blogspot.com/) by Monday, November 22, 2021. If you wish to speak at the Commission meeting to oppose any applicant, written notice must be provided to the Commission Chair and Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us by Friday, November 26, 2021. The Commission will accept letters in support of any applicant if they are delivered to the Commission Chair and Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us by December 6, 2021

The Commission will meet telephonically, December 6, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST. to discuss any procedural issues prior to the in person December 13, 2021 meeting. The commission meeting is open to the public by dialing 888.585.9008, and entering code number 510 432 870#.

*The document must redact all information which is confidential or exempt. See,https://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MNOSB9QQ79/$file/SunshineManual.pdf

Message from the Chair

It is fall, which means the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of the season are here. I’m still waiting for the cooler weather, but the kids are back in school, people are drinking pumpkin lattes, and football stadiums are filled. One thing that is missing this fall is the WCI conference in Orlando. This fall tradition allows us to get together and interact as a community. It is also a good opportunity for other organizations and committees to hold meetings since so many of us are already congregated in one place. This year, we will have to wait until December.

The WCS Executive Council met via Zoom on August 31. Lorna Brown-Burton and F. Scott Westheimer, who are running for Florida Bar president-elect, each gave a presentation providing insight into the goals and ideas that would guide them during their time of service. It is hard to put into words what it is like to be part of a meeting (even on Zoom) during which so many people give of their time and talent for the benefit of us all. I am not only speaking of the two candidates, but also the dedicated members of your Executive Council and WCS committees.

Each committee’s chair(s) gave a report on the activities of the committee and the goals for the upcoming year and beyond. If you have never been to a meeting (or it has been a while), I invite you to come to the live meeting on April 6, 2022, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Our committees are very active and as part of the goal of including you in the section, I invite you to contact any committee member and ask to attend a committee meeting (most are by phone or Zoom) and learn what the committees are doing to improve our system. In this edition of the News & 440 Report, you will learn about some of the committees and, I hope, feel the urge to get involved.

The section’s long-range planning retreat is in Austin, Texas, this year, and I am pleased to report we have several general members who have registered to participate. There are significant matters on the agenda for the executive council meeting and for general discussion. As I expressed in my first message to you as chair of the section, I encourage and invite you to include yourself in these discussions.

Amendments to the “60Q Rules” have been a prominent topic of discussion during recent workshops, and I expect the conversation to continue during the retreat. The question I hear most is “when will the ‘new rules’ be announced?” The answer, of course, is “I don’t know.” If you look at the history of the implementation dates (also known as the fine print in italics at the end of each rule), the rules were amended 11/1/2006, 10/31/2010, 10/31/2012, and 11/10/2014. If that trend continues, then perhaps late October or early November may be the answer.

Another significant development that not only affects the practice of workers’ compensation, but the entire practice of law in Florida, is the final report of the Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services. This special committee was asked to study a variety of topics including (1) lawyer advertising; (2) referral fees; (3) fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of law firms; (4) entity regulation; (5) regulation of online service providers; (6) regulation of nonlawyer providers of limited legal services; and (7) additional topics consistent with the subject of the study. I know that I personally enjoyed reading the report.

I hope this summary lets you know what is being talked about; I welcome you to join the discussions.

Mark Touby

Section Chair

Call for Applications

Florida Bar Board Certification in Workers’ Compensation.

The application filing period for Board Certification in Workers’ Compensation is now open. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2021, to determine eligibility to sit for the examination in May 2022. For more information, please visit The Florida Bar website certification page for the certification area https://www.floridabar.org/about/cert/cert-applications-and-requirements/cert-wc/

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