Worker's Compensation Advisory Council

Council on Worker’s Compensation
Crowne Plaza
Madison, Wisconsin
January 29, 2010

Members present:   Mr. Beiriger,  Mr. Brand, Mr. Buchen,  Ms. Connor, Ms. Huntley-Cooper, Mr. Kent, Mr. Newby, Ms. Nugent, Mr. Olson, Ms. Pehler,  Mr. Schwanda and Ms. Vetter 

Excused:    Mr. Collingwood, and Mr. Redman

Staff present:   Mr. Conway, Mr. O’Malley, Ms. Knutson, Mr. Krueger and Mr. Shorey

  1. Call to Order/Introductions: Ms. Huntley-Cooper convened the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting via teleconference at approximately 1:30 p.m. in accordance with Wisconsin’s open meetings law.  WCAC members, staff and members of the audience introduced themselves. 
     
  2. Minutes: The minutes of the November 12, 2009 meeting were unanimously approved without correction.
     
  3. Draft Legislative Proposal Final Review: Mr. O’Malley explained that the changes in the final draft included the changes in language requested by Labor.  The bill drafter previously made two changes to the bill in §§102.18 (1)(bp) and 102.44(1) introductory sentence.  Both changes were removed from the final bill draft.  Management advised that written notice of the basis for bad faith claims was sufficient rather than requiring a formal prehearing conference in each case where bad faith was alleged.  The draft language in the proposed §102.17(1)(a)(3) requires that notice with reasonable specificity of the bad faith claim be provided before a formal hearing is scheduled.  The drafter separated §102.17(1)(a) into 4 subdivisions and changed the numbering in §102.44 to modernize the numbering.  These technical changes do not result in any substantive law changes.   

    Mr. Newby moved to accept the final bill draft.  Mr. Buchen seconded the motion.  The final bill draft was approved by unanimous vote.


  4. Adjournment: Discussion on all agenda items concluded and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:50 p.m.

    Future meeting dates:   To be determined