Council on Workers' Compensation
Meeting Minutes
GEF-1 Building
Madison, Wisconsin
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. Moreth

  1. 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 themselves.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 3:30 p.m.