Deb and Frances will Speak at This Year's Worker’s Compensation Institute Conference

Posted: 2017-06-21

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ReEmployAbility is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) Conference. Co-owners Frances Ford and Debra Livingston will both participate in panel discussions during the 72nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 29th Annual Safety & Health Conference, a three-day event taking place from August 7 - 9, at The Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

Ford has over 25 years of experience in the workers’ compensation field. She will moderate a session entitled, “Emerging Trends in Return-to-Work,” with panelists Nathan Hughes, Director of Risk Management at Safelite Group; Jodie Massingill, Senior Manager of Casualty Claims at Sysco Corporation; and Patricia Rodriguez, Return-to-Work Manager at Crum & Forster.

“I am really excited to be joined by such an amazing group of industry insiders,” Ford said. “The three of them have such rich experience and insight regarding what works and what doesn’t in the return-to-work industry. I look forward to leading this discussion and examining the many needs that employers and adjusters often struggle with. This panel will explore their real life, day to day experiences, and highlight the importance of having an effective return-to-work program set in place.”

This panel discussion will review trends in return-to-work program administration with an emphasis on providing strategies to help employers return injured employees to productive work quickly. Employer and insurance company examples will demonstrate results achieved with incorporating alternative transitional duty in the return-to-work program. The session will take place at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8 in Grand Ballroom 8b.

Livingston will demonstrate her over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience in a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Breakout session. She will be joined by Tammy Martin, Director of Quality Management at Encompass Specialty Surgical Network; and Attorney Deborah Eldridge of Abbey Adams Byelick & Mueller, LLP, who will also serve as moderator.

This panel will explore return-to-work challenges specific to PEOs and discuss various options and approaches for return-to-work programs which may prove helpful to PEO professionals and the claims adjusters who handle their claims. It will take place at 10:15 am on Tuesday, August, 8 in Grand Ballroom 7B.

ReEmployAbility representatives will also be at the conference. During the three-day event, they will be in the exhibition center to showcasing the company’s vocational services and exclusive return to work program, Transition2Work®, to employers and workers’ compensation industry professionals. Conference participants are invited to visit ReEmployAbility at booth #309 to learn more about ReEmployAbility’s extensive service offering.

This has been a sensational year for the two owners and the rest of the ReEmployAbility team. During the conference, they will showcase all of the positive feedback they have been receiving nationwide, focusing on first-hand inspirational stories from program participants about how the Transition2Work program has impacted their lives.

“It is always great to hear what a vital role our program plays in the lives of injured workers,” Livingston said. “Community outreach is the cornerstone of what drives us as a company. We are honored and touched to hear these personal stories and how more and more participants have been willing to tell their stories, sometimes even in the news. We have even had a participant win an award for Volunteer of the Year at a non-profit organization. It is amazing to hear that this program has made such an impact on so many lives.”

Through its Transition2Work program, ReEmployAbility places injured workers at local non-profit organizations to perform light duty work as a means of easing the injured worker back to the workforce. With its network of over 35,000 local and national non-profit organization partners throughout the United States, ReEmployAbility is able to quickly and safely return injured workers with modified duty work restrictions to meaningful work. The program provides cost savings to employers and insurance carriers, reduces the average time of the workers’ compensation claim, and helps injured workers get back to work while making a positive contribution to their community.

The Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference is a nationally acclaimed annual conference sponsored by Workers’ Compensation Institute, a Florida-based nonprofit educational organization that serves as a resource to the workers’ compensation industry. The conference is attended by approximately 7,000 workers’ compensation professionals from across the United States.

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