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Council on Workers' Compensation
June 9 , 2015
Members present: Mr. Beiriger, Ms. Bloomingdale , Mr. Buchen,
Ms. Johnson, Mr. Kent, Ms. Nugent, Mr. O'Malley (Acting Chair), Mr.
Redman, Ms. Seiler, and Ms. Thomas
Member Excused: Mr. Brand, Mr. Ginsburg, Mr. Schwanda,
Staff present: Mr. Aiello, Ms. Endter, Mr. Krueger, Mr.
- Call to Order/Introductions:
Mr. O'Malley convened the
Worker's Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting at approximately 10:00
a.m. in accordance with Wisconsin's open meetings law.
Mr. O'Malley announced the recent retirement of Mr. John Metcalf, who was
the Administrator of the Worker's Compensation Division(WCD) for
approximately the last 4 years. WCAC members, staff and members of the audience introduced
Approval of minutes: Ms. Bloomingdale moved to approve the minutes
of the May 27. 2015 meeting. Mr. Beiriger seconded the motion. The
minutes were unanimously approved wthout correction.
- Joint Finance Update:
BJ Dernbach, Legislative Liaison, for the Department of Workforce
Development (DWD), explained that the Joint Committee on Finance acted on
the Governor's Budget Bill proposal to transfer the administrative functions
of WCD to the Office of the Commissioner Insurance (OCI) and the
adjudicative functions to Department of Administration-Division of Hearings
and Appeals. The Joint Committee on Finance modified the proposal to keep
the administrative functions at DWD, but to move 18 administrative law
judges and some support staff to the Division of Hearings and Appeals, with
80 percent of the administrative law judges' time to be devoted to worker's
compensation cases. The Joint Committee on Finance also approved the
Council's prior proposals for the Work Injury Supplemental Benefit Fund and
the Uninsured Employers Fund.
- Motion to Caucus: Ms Bloomingdale moved for the
members to go into closed caucus. Mr. Beiriger seconded the motion. The
motion was approved unanimously and the members of the Council went into
their separate caucuses at about 10:15 a.m.
- Adjournment: The members of the Council requested the meetings scheduled on July
14, 2015 and August 11, 2015 be cancelled to allow additional time to discuss
proposed legislative changes with stakeholders and receive feedback from them
concerning the proposals. August 25, 2015
was set as the next meeting date. The meeting was adjourned at approximately