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					           The Eighth Annual
 Virginia Workers’ Compensation Seminar

          September 13-14, 2005

            Holiday Inn Select
      Koger South Conference Center
           Richmond, Virginia




             Sponsored by the
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission



           REGISTRATION
               AND
        SEMINAR HIGHLIGHTS




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                         REGISTRATION INFORMATION
REGISTRATION FEE:
The registration fee of $275 for each participant includes materials, a copy of the 2005 Act Annotated, two
continental breakfasts, two luncheons, break refreshments, and the reception.

The fee for attendance at the reception only is $60.

The seminar registration deadline is Monday, August 29, 2005.

Payments will be accepted by credit card (Master Card or VISA only) or by check made payable to
“Treasurer of Virginia.” Payment must be received by Wednesday, September 7, 2005.

Attendance is limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

HOW TO REGISTER:
  1)    ON-LINE AT www.vwc.state.va.us.
  2)    By Fax: (804) 367-1782
  3)    By Mail:          Seminar Registration
                          Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
                          1000 DMV Drive
                          Richmond, Virginia 23220

No telephone registrations will be accepted. Written confirmation of registration and directions to the
Holiday Inn will be sent to registrants. Directions to the Holiday Inn will also be available on the VWC
website.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:
Cancellations must be in writing. No refund will be made on cancellations received after 5:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 7, 2005. Substitution of attendees is allowed but advance notification is requested.

QUESTIONS OR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS:
Have questions or require special accommodations? Call our Seminar Information line at (804) 367-0038 or
e-mail seminar@vwc.state.va.us.

DRESS:
Business casual attire is encouraged for the seminar. A light jacket or sweater is advisable as meeting room
temperatures may vary. Registrants are asked to wear nametags to all sessions, meals, and the reception.

LODGING:

Individual room reservations must be made directly with the Holiday Inn Select, Koger South Conference
Center, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia. A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate
of $74.00 for single or double occupancy. Please reserve your lodging IMMEDIATELY. A separate hotel
registration form is enclosed for your convenience. The hotel registration deadline is Monday, August 29,
2005.




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                      SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM
                                       (Deadline August 29, 2005)

Please print clearly. All fields required. Use one form for each registrant.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
                     (Name as you wish it to appear on your nametag.)

Title: _______________________________________________________________________________

Organization: ________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address:     ___________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip:      ___________________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone:       (_____)_________________                           Fax No. (_____)_________________

E-mail: ______________________________________________________________________________

NUMBER OF YEARS YOU’VE BEEN IN THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FIELD? ________

Special Needs or Diet Requests:
_____________________________________________________________________________________


Payment Method:

_____ Check (make payable to “Treasurer of Virginia”)

_____ Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only)

Credit Card No. __________________________________________

Print Name on Card _______________________________________Expiration Date _____________

Signature: __________________________________________________________________________


RECEPTION:

Will you be attending the reception on Tuesday, September 13th?

________ YES                  ________ NO


                    Please answer questions on reverse side & return with registration form.



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              TOPICS FOR CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Seminar offers a range of topics on today’s workers’ compensation issues. Participants will
have the opportunity to attend concurrent sessions. Please select 7 sessions that interest you the
most. This will assist us in gauging audience interest and allocating rooms for each session. Some
topics may be eliminated based on low interest.

___    Workers’ Compensation 101 (Basic)

___    Workers’ Compensation 102 (Intermediate)

___    Workers’ Compensation 103 (Advanced)

___    Settlements & Social Security Set Asides

___    Money Matters

___    Employers’ Applications

___    Legislative Update & Recent Court of Appeals & Commission Decisions

___    Deputy Commissioner Panel

___    All About Willful Misconduct

___    Refusal of Employment

___    The Lawyer is In

___    Third Party Cases

___    Compensable Consequences

___    Ins and Outs of Fatal Cases

___    Employment Status and Benefits

___    Medical Issues

___    Pre-Hearing Goings-on

___    My Worst Cases & What I Learned From Them

___    Contractors, Subcontractors, Statutory Employers

___    The Doctor (and Nurse) Is In



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             DESCRIPTION OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS

All About Willful Misconduct
Several attorneys will discuss the willful misconduct defense and when it should and should not be used.

Compensable Consequences
A panel of attorneys will talk about this sometimes confusing, sometimes misunderstood concept.

Contractors, Subcontractors, and Statutory Employers
A panel of attorneys will discuss trade, occupation, and business, notice and aggregating employees, and
the role of the Uninsured Fund.

Deputy Commissioner Panel
A panel of deputy commissioners will discuss hearing preparation and presentation.

Employment Status and Benefits
A group of attorneys will talk about the legal rights and responsibilities of aliens, sole proprietors,
corporate officers, volunteers, and borrowed employees.

Employers’ Applications
A panel of attorneys will discuss supporting evidence, probable cause, how a claimant’s attorney
challenges the allegations, and multiple allegations, successive applications and protective filings.

Ins and Outs of Fatal Cases
A panel of attorneys will discuss issues related to fatal cases, dependency, common law marriages,
illegitimate children, parents in destitute circumstances, the death presumption, and what to do when you
learn of a fatal accident.

Legislative Update & Recent Court of Appeals & Commission Decisions
This panel will share with you new legislation and talk about important, recent decisions from the
Commission and the Court of Appeals.

Medical Issues
A panel of attorneys will discuss what is and what is not medical management, the law related to
independent medical examiners, panels and changing doctors, and what is appropriate medical equipment
such as wheelchairs, scooters, adjustable beds, and hot tubs.

Money Matters
A panel of attorneys will discuss credits and overpayment; voluntary payments; the effect of similar
employments on average weekly wage, and how fringe benefits and perquisites change the wage
calculation.




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My Worst Cases & What I Learned From Them
A panel consisting of a third party adjuster and several attorneys will discuss what they have learned from
their years of working within the system.

Pre-Hearing Goings-on
A panel of attorneys will discuss issues relating to pre-hearing litigation.

Refusal of Employment
A panel of attorneys will discuss the elements of this defense, how is it cured, and how justified and
unjustified reasons for termination affect future benefits.

Settlements and Social Security Set Asides
An attorney and health insurance specialist from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will
discuss the CMS process and other matters relating to settlements.

The Doctor (and Nurse) Is In
Presentation and Q&A by West End Orthopedic Doctors and a nurse case manager.

The Lawyer Is In
This entire session will be devoted to answering your legal questions.

Third Party Cases
A panel of attorneys will discuss protecting the lien; impairment of subrogation rights; and the
mathematics of §65.2-313.

Workers’ Compensation 101 (Basic)
A panel of Commission employees will provide an overview of the Act; discuss the Claim for Benefits,
Employer’s Accident Report, and physician panels; benefits available; and the life of a claim.

Workers’ Compensation 102 (Intermediate)
A panel of Commission employees will discuss the definition of an employer and employee; non-
presumption occupational disease; average weekly wage/AWW form/COLA; Ombudsman’s frequently
asked questions; and vocational rehabilitation.

Workers’ Compensation 103 (Advanced)
Deputy commissioners will discuss occupational disease (presumption); defenses and statute of
limitations; & claims issues and discovery.




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                                        AGENDA
Monday, September 12, 2005
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Early Bird Registration
HOTEL LOBBY


Tuesday, September 13, 2005
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
VWC Welcome – Chairman Lawrence D. Tarr


9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions


10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Break


11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions


12:10 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Lunch
Keynote Speaker – Richard M. Pimentel


2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Break


3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions


4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reception/Cash Bar


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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions


10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Break


10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions


11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Break (hotel check-out)


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch


1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Break


1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions


2:15 p.m.
Seminar Ends




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