EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers’ Compensation Overhaul What Oklahoma’s triple option means for employers

In their attempt to make the state’s workers’ compensation system more efficient and less expensive, the Oklahoma Legislature created a truly unique and nationally significant piece of legislation that offers employers three options for providing workers’ compensation coverage and benefits and for handling claims filed on or after February 1, 2014.

Each option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so which option is right for you?  Which option provides the most positive impact to your bottom line while ensuring employees are properly compensated for their on-the-job injuries in a timely manner?

During this special half-day seminar, McAfee & Taft labor and employment, employee benefits and ERISA litigation attorneys will assist Oklahoma employers in getting a jump on the decision-making process by helping them understand and analyze the three key components of the new law — The Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act, the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act, and the Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Act.

Joining us to share his insights and provide an employer’s view of Oklahoma’s triple option is Drew Harding, associate general counsel for Unit Corporation and a member Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman’s working group for workers’ compensation reform.

In addition to discussing the benefits of each option, other topics covered include:

  • Replacing the current court-based system with an administrative system. How does it work?
  • Implementing an arbitration program to handle claims and disputes. How does it work and why should employers consider this option?
  • Providing coverage through an employer-sponsored injury benefit plan. Who’s qualified to participate and how does it work?
  • Oklahoma law versus federal law: Which one governs an injury benefit plan?
  • Tort law: How do changes to the “exclusive benefit rule” benefit employers?
  • The appeals process for resolving disputes arising from each option.
  • The choice is yours: Action steps for employers.

Registration is now closed.
Priority reservation for this event will be given to clients and special guests of the firm.
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This program has been approved for 2.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please note that to receive HRCI credit, you must have registered for the seminar prior to or at the event. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.