Bravo David DePaolo! “WE SHALL OVERCOME, SOMEDAY”
Thank you to you, your team and your colleagues! Have a wonderful Gala!
“We just need to come to a collective understanding of why things are the way they are.”
“It is my hope that we will, with Comp Laude, eventually help shape policy for the future that benefits all of society.”
“It’s a big mission and a big risk.”
Thank you for your leadership, David DePaolo. Doing “nothing” is a bigger risk.
Allow me to start a few rumors here and there!
Have you heard that 2016 CompLaude Awards will expand the international scope, and part of the price of exhibiting next year will be for each vendor to SPONSOR AND BRING AN INJURED WORKER to the event?
More of the rumor suggested that a portion of all entrance fees will be allocated for additional sponsorship of Injured Workers, across the USA, from Canada, from the UK, and from Australia, for starters to ensure a wide attendance from the Injured Worker populations. Will there really be injured workers from around the world attending WorkCompCentral’s CompLaude Awards?
More of the rumors suggest that a social media group called “COMP LAUDE 2016” will encourage Injured Workers to join–on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Circles and more. Some say there will be a swath of Social Media Groups like CompLaude – California, CompLaude -New York, CompLaude – Florida, CompLaude USA, CompLaude Canada, CompLaude UK, CompLaude Australia, CompLaude Japan
Some more law-oriented groups are said to be planning WorkCompCongressional Letters groups, state by state, channeling information to a Congressional Task Force on Workers Compensation in the USA. Canada, UK and Australia will do similar ‘virtual events.’
During the coming year, those who profit by the WorkComp industries can be proactive and get to know what really happens to Injured Workers, at least in America, for starters, in these virtual groups. There will be an increase in attendance at the various industry ‘conferences’ (at all those swanky joints!) by an outreach to the Injured Workers in each state.
The InProPer population of Injured Workers needs further investigation by the various state Bars. Exit interviews will be conducted at Settlement Hearings, and fees for attorneys who do their jobs and properly represent injured workers will be rewarded with increased fees, while those attorneys who fail their clients will forfeit blanket liens, and will stand in line with other lien holders. Injured Workers seldom “choose” to self-represent, but do so after multiple failures in retaining competent legal counsel.
The biggest rumor of all is that a Congressional Task Force, including members from the Department of Labor, Department of Justice and WorkComp commissions, along with EEOC, EDD, SSA and ADA will commence investigations in every state of the land, and go beyond “studies” to solutions! WorkComp Congressional Letters will become household words!
Letter from Federal Lawmakers to Labor Department on Workers’ Comp
Sen Patty Murray, Ranking Member, Senate HELP Committee
Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Ranking Member, House Education and the Workforce Committee
Senator Benard Sanders, Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
Senator Ron Wyden, Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee
Rep. Sander Levin, Ranking Member, House Ways & Means Committee
Senator Al Franken, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Senate HELP Committee
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, House Education and the Workforce Committee
Senator Sherrod Brown, Ranking Member, Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Subcommittee, Senate Finance Committee
Rep. Xavier Becerra, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Social Security, House Ways & Means Committee
No discussion in America about Workers’ Compensation is complete without reference to the ProPublica/NPR series: The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation.
Bravo to those teams as well! And to the courageous injured workers who did not remain silent!
The truth is ugly indeed. May all people remember that, as Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘Everything Hitler did in Germany was legal’ …. Till Nuremburg.
While the parties in my case ‘have reached resolution, subject to a confidentiality agreement’ — circumstances make it impossible for me to attend the Gala this year. I will be there in spirit, and virtually, because…
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW.
I am delighted to have learned that some of my nominees made it to the semi-finals and finals! It was not easy coming up with nominees for this event, not easy at all!
In the new year, I hope to offer a course on Udemy.com called SURVIVING WORK COMP, with an audience of ‘all workers everywhere.’ WorkComp has facilitated an opportunity for me to learn more about social media, and I am learning to make videos. Here’s one…. Your Radiation This Week 1 – 30 A Silent Video (Less than 7 minutes; better next time!)
I made it more than 45 years of working for a few very powerful captains of industry, real estate and timeshare, without experiencing the tragic consequences of a work injury in California –until 2012. Over the course, I have been able to speak with many ‘industry experts’ and with many egregiously harmed injured workers across the nation and beyond.
What I know for sure is: The only sure way for a worker to survive WorkComp unharmed is NEVER GET INJURED ON THE JOB.
I will look forward to reading about the 2015 CompLaude Award Winners along with the DePaolo State of WorkComp.
Peace and blessings to you and yours!
“WE SHALL OVERCOME, SOMEDAY” (Joan Baez)
“WE SHALL OVERCOME” (Pete Seeger)
Let’s join virtual hearts and minds to make a positive impact in the lives of Injured Workers everywhere.
Yes, “We’re all in this thing together. We need to recognize that…”
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW – #DodgeTheRads, ask about Your Radiation This Week and…
“RESTORE CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS TO INJURED WORKERS NOW”
HAVE A GRAND GALA! XOXO BLOG ALL ABOUT IT!
Encourage all attendees to commence blogging and join us on LinkedIn, Twitter and FB. It’s just good business sense.