Overcoming Jurisdictional Return-to-Work Challenges Webinar

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Ya’Sheaka C. Williams

Partner, QPWB, P.A.

Ya’Sheaka Williams is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Florida Bar and is a Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV-rated attorney. She is currently a Partner QPWB, P.A., and a Certified Instructor in Florida Workers’ Compensation.

Debra Livingston

CEO & Founder, ReEmployAbility, Inc.

Debra Livingston founded ReEmployAbilty, the largest national provider of early return-to-work (RTW) services and transitional employment. Their Transition2Work® program has helped thousands of injured workers during their recovery by offering modified light-duty assignments with nonprofit organizations. Connecting injured workers to the community while giving them time to heal. 

M. George Waters

Partner, Eraclides Gelman

George Waters is currently a Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney, serving as Partner at Eraclides Gelman. He also serves on the Atlanta Claims Association’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee and the Atlanta Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Executive Section Committee.

Jason Kolecke

Partner, Hennessy & Roach

Jason Kolecke earned his partnership at Hennessy & Roach in 2010 after serving 7 years in the company. For 20 years, he has defended and protected employers’ rights at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. His experience includes representation of a wide variety of employers, including the trucking industry, hospitality industry, medical fields, etc.

Michelle Sebring

Partner, LFIM, LLP

Michelle Sebring is a practicing attorney since 2007, with the sole focus on workers’ compensation defense since 2009. She was certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist in 2014 and has provided client training on various case law updates, AME/QME examinations, psychiatric injuries, etc.

About the Webinar

This course overviews jurisdictional challenges and legal components in return-to-work programs. It will explore return-to-work legislation’s impact on the Injured Workers’ motivation to return to work, reasons for seeking counsel, and reducing the effects of litigation on employers. Experienced panelists will discuss the legal climate, and best practices for return-to-work programs and address the nuances of communicating with an injured worker. The course also covers the role of each party in communication, specific state requirements for offsite modified duty programs, and how light duty work can impact litigation and settlement. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific requirements and common legal challenges for light duty and transitional work assignments.
  • Understand jurisdictional components, litigation trends, and case law.
  • Prepare yourself for the risks of re-injury and litigation.