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8th Annual Workers' Compensation & Safety Conference

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

8th Annual Workers' Compensation & Safety Conference

Agenda - 7:30am  – 3:00pm (Subject to change)

7:30am – 8:30am - Conference Opens – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking, and Visiting with Exhibitors

8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome & Opening Remarks – by Jay Shattuck, Executive Director, Employment Law Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

8:45am – 9:45am – Conference Opening Session

The Ever Changing Status Quo of Illinois Workers’ Compensation

Opening session will update attendees on reform issues being discussed this year at the state capital.  The discussion will include where the past changes are today (pros and cons) as well as insights into where any new changes may lead us.

Presenters:  Gene Keefe, John Campbell, Shawn Biery, Keefe Campbell Biery & Associates

9:45am – 10:15amMorning Break & Visit Exhibitors

10:15am – 11:05amFirst Series of Workshops

            Workshop #1Controlled Prescription Drugs in the Workplace

Discussion will center on the controlled prescription drug epidemic in the US, how the epidemic impacts workers’ compensation and methods to mitigate this problem, as well as the roles of all stakeholders (employer, injured worker, nurse case manager, claims handler, PBM, Peer to Peer Review, Drug UR, Urine drug monitoring) and best practices.

                Presenter:  Linda VanDillen, CompAlliance


            Workshop #2 Functional Capacity Evaluations Explained

An explanation of the protocol for most FCEs and comparison of the different types of tests available in the Chicagoland market.  What elements make a quality FCE, how to analyze the results, and when the test should be requested.  Live demonstrations of the FCE testing to improve understanding of the testing process.

                Presenter:  Joe Castronovo, PT, DPT, MTC, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute


            Workshop #3 Dealing with OSHA Enforcement and Regulations

Today’s OSHA is deeply focused on enforcement.  Increased penalties and public shaming through broad press releases are methods to “encourage” compliance.  Be sure your organization is ready if OSHA shows up for an inspection.  Includes updated information on changed OSHA laws and guidance.

                Presenter:  Jon Hoag, SmithAmundsen LLC

11:15 – 12:05 pm Second Series of Workshops

Workshop #1: Integrated Case Management: Mitigating Cost Drivers in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Review of current trends and cost drivers in WC cases and how an integrated case management approach can mitigate costs of the claim. Will include what the claims handler should monitor for, which cost drivers need to be monitored more closely and how to use this information for predictive modeling.

Presenter: Linda VanDillen, CompAlliance

Workshop #2: OSHA Compliance and How It Relates to Workers‘ Compensation

As OSHA’s safety and health standards continue to expand, the impact on the increase of areas covered under states‘ workers’ compensation laws continues to grow as well. This workshop will discuss those effects and what employers in Illinois need to know.

Presenter: Bradley Smith, Keefe, Campbell, Biery, and Associates


Workshop #3: Topic to be announced

Presenter: To Be Announced


12:05 – 12:25 pm Break and Visit Exhibitors

12:25 - 1:45 pm Luncheon with Keynote Speaker - Governor Bruce Rauner is invited

1:45 – 2:45 pm Roundtable Discussion with Q&A Topics to be announced soon

Moderator: Jay Shattuck

Panelists: To Be Announced

2:45 – 3:00 pm Drawings for Prizes & Closing Remarks - Adjournment



October 15, 2015

7:30am – 3:00pm

Early Bird Rate - (Before October 5, 2015) $249.00

Member Price - $299.00

Retail Price - $349.00

Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, access to exhibitor area, all workshops and all general sessions.


This conference has been pre-approved to offer 3.75 HRCI credits

This conference has been pre-approved to offer 3.75 SHRM Professional Development credits (PDCs).

This conference has been pre-approved to offer 3.75 CLE credits

For more information or to register call Pam Holleman, Event & Publication Sales

at (855) 239-6150 or