Update: The National Conversation on Workers’ Compensation is On

I must admit that the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. When I published an article entitled “Who Will Lead the National Conversation on Workers’ Compensation?” just over two weeks ago, I had no idea I would be announcing today that the “Conversation” is about to begin. But that is just what has happened, and I am pleased to announce that the “2016 Workers’ Compensation Summit” has been scheduled for early May.

Approximately 45 people – industry leaders – including regulators, judges, lawyers, employers, carriers, TPA’s, unions, medical professionals, analysts, consultants and rehabilitative specialists will gather to talk about the future of workers’ compensation. In an industry first, at least two of the people at the table will be workers who were seriously injured on the job, and have experienced the workers’ compensation system firsthand. I will have the honor of being the moderator for this two-day meeting.

Which is ironic, considering I am the person who usually needs moderating.

This is the description being provided to Summit invitees:

A summit is being called for workers’ compensation leaders in [redacted], on May [redacted], 2016. There has been ample discussion of people’s perspectives of what is right and wrong in modern American workers’ compensation. Various organizations have suggested a “national conversation,” but each organization is at least perceived as representing particular interests. Publisher and spokesperson Bob Wilson mentioned this in a recent blog, following a conversation with a leading regulator. The response to that post led to conversations, and the decision to host this information-gathering meeting. The goal of this meeting is to bring many organizations together through their own selected leaders.

The purpose is not to decide policy or even to make recommendations. The purpose is to brainstorm the issues of modern workers’ compensation. What are the relevant conflicts in perspective regarding how comp is succeeding and where it may have shortcomings. The ultimate goal is that this meeting will produce a list of those perceptions, a framework or outline of perceptions. This framework would then be available to all organizations, companies, entities and individuals to use as a guide in conducting their own ongoing conversations about workers’ compensation over the coming months.

It is hoped that through this effort, a multitude of discussions are held throughout the country. There is a potential that some similar group may later reconvene to discuss the results of various conversations. Ultimately, some group might conclude this conversation with comprehensive and objective recommendations for state workers’ compensation programs. The end-point or conclusion is something that could be discussed in May, should the attendees so desire.

The meeting location and specific dates, as you may have noticed, are not being announced in advance. Prior to the meeting very little will be disclosed, but the intent is to fully publish the groups attendance, findings and discussions shortly after the Summit concludes. We are going to be open with the results, while attempting to establish a comfortable, private environment where participants can turn off their cell phones, roll up their sleeves and delve deeply into the issues that face our industry. This needs to be a frank and open discussion among the participants. There will be two bloggers other than myself in attendance, and we will be free to write about the meeting after it is over. However, we will insist that no specific quotes be attributed to any attendee. That anonymity must be assured in order to encourage unrestricted dialogue.

The people involved in this felt that the time was right for an industry led dialogue and coalition, and the response has been extremely encouraging. We have commitments from numerous groups that represent a variety of players in the comp arena.

It turns out if you schedule it, they really will come.

As our summit description indicated, this “conversation” will not be the end result, but rather the beginning to a greater dialogue. Our hope is that other organizations will take from our discussions and build on those ideas, with the goal of identifying and correcting flaws within our various workers’ compensation systems. Indeed, theInternational Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions(IAIABC) tells me they have an interest in leading a national discussion for the industry over the course of this next year. The first session will be at their Spring Forum in Santa Fe this April, and they will also be participating in the summit. That is just the type of activity we are hoping to see from this.

So, the conversation is on, and a gathering of industry leaders is going to occur. There are many challenges facing our industry, but we have the skill and knowledge to take them on directly. There is much to do, but it will start with a simple conversation.

And that will give us all something to talk about. Frankly, I could not be more pleased.

You may now follow Bob on Twitter with his brand new account, @WorkCompKing.
Daily doses of inane thought in 140 character increments. Just as filling, with half the fat.

Email this story to a friend (above right) or share it with your social network!

Compton DUI CHeckpoint

Community: #LASD Compton DUI CHeckpoint Nets 12 Arrests, February 20, 2016


Compton, CA – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on February 20, 2016, at Long Beach Boulevard and Myrrh Street between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.


DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.


1491 Vehicles through the Checkpoint

754 Vehicles Screened

3 DUI-Alcohol impaired suspects arrested

1 DUI-Combo (Alcohol / Marijuana) impaired suspect arrested

2 Suspects were Arrested for Knowingly Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Drive, 14604 (a) CVC

3 Suspended / Revoked Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court

3 Unlicensed Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court

3 Vehicles were Impounded for 30 Days

3 Vehicles were Stored for 1 Day


Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.


Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will be conducting additional DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.


The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.


Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org


Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.


Sergeant Daniel A. Dail

Traffic Services Detail

Risk Management Bureau

Professional Standards Division

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

(323) 890-5400



Forwarded By:

Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Hall of Justice – First floor

211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org