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Tennessee Workers' Comp Conference

Tennessee Workers' Comp Conference

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Tennessee Workers' Comp Conference

Coming to Nashville School of Law on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 6-8, 2019

This conference puts you in contact with judges from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, leading workers’ comp attorneys, representatives from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and other key players in the workers’ comp system.

Conference includes one day in which attendees may to choose to attend a track designed for attorneys or one designed for employers and others – or you may mix the tracks to better serve your needs.

Topics will include the medical and legal determinations of causation in a workers’ comp case, challenges faced by employers when dealing with social media in the workplace, tips on how to avoid the imposition of penalties, a doctor’s perspective on the opioid epidemic, interplay between workers’ comp, the ADA, and the FMLA, termination and retaliation issues, and more.


Day 1: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (1/2 Day) 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
I-9 Compliance: Preparation of I-9s, Self-Audits, and ICE Audit
Terrance L. Olsen

  • Employment Eligibility Verification - An Overview
  • Revised I-9 Form and Requirements
  • Recent Guidance on Electronic I-9 Systems and Internal Audits
  • Compliance and Risk Issues
  • Common I-9 Violations and Mistakes
  • Possible Fines and Penalties
  • Best Compliance Practices
  • The interplay between I-9 and E-Verify

1:50 PM to 3:20 PM
Kitty Boyte & Physicians Panel

3:25 PM to 3:35 PM
Afternoon Break

3:20 PM to 4:50 PM
The Devil is in the Details: How to Improve Your Chances on Appeal
Elizabeth Vines

  • Appeals process from perspective of an Appeals Board staff attorney
  • Attention to detail, or lack thereof, affects a litigant’s chances of success on appeal

Day 2: Thursday, November 7, 2019



8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Understanding the Uninsured Employers Fund: From Compliance to Benefits
Amanda Terry & Claudia Byers

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Morning Break

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Hot Topics in Worker’s Comp
Judge Thomas Wyatt

10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
Tennessee Court of Worker’s Compensation Claims
Judge Pamela B. Johnson

  • Best Practices for Litigating Cases in the Court of Worker’s Compensation
  • Update on the new Rules and Procedures: What are the Changes?
  • Test your Knowledge on Current Worker’s Compensation Laws

11:20 AM to 12:25 PM

12:25 PM to 2:25 PM
Key Areas of Tennessee Worker’s Compensation…An Examination Under the new Law Context of Change
Judge Amber Luttrell & Judge Allen Phillips

  • How the definition of injury has changed and is evolving
  • The concept of causation and how to establish it
  • Permanent Disability then and now…partial, extraordinary and total

2:25 PM to 2:40 PM 
Afternoon Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Medicare Set Asides & The Aging Workforce
Dawn T. Randle & Duane Willis

3:50 PM to 4:50 PM
Trial and Tribulation: 2019 Developments in High Exposure Claims and Other Hot Topics
Evan Hauser

  • Mental Injury Statute of Limitations
  • Extraordinary Benefit Claims
  • Other Topics & Rule Changes




8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Claims Management
Leslie Bishop

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Morning Break

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Legislative & Case Law Update
Catherine Dugan

10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
Medicare Set Asides & The Aging Workforce
Dawn T. Randle & Duane Willis

11:20 AM to 12:20 PM

12:20 PM to 1:20 PM
Medicare Set Asides & The Aging Workforce
Dawn T. Randle & Duane Willis

1:25 PM to 2:25 PM
Do It Yourself Worker’s Comp
Evan Hauser

  • How to Build your own Self-Insured, Self-Administered Workers’ Compensatio
  • Program Services & Workflow
  • Compliance Considerations
  • Claims Approach

2:25 PM to 2:40 PM 
Afternoon Break

2:40 PM to 3:10 PM
Jennifer White

3:15 PM to 3:45 PM

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Trajectory of the TN Workforce
Deniece Thomas
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor

Day 3: Friday, November 8, 2019 (1/2 Day)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Termination & Retaliation
Andrea Stilgenbauer
Ponce Law

9:05 AM to 10:05 AM
Best Practices in Workers’ Compensation Claims
Michael Haynie

  • Reporting claims
  • Providing and directing medical treatment
  • Avoiding pitfalls in common defenses
  • Reducing temporary and permanent disability exposure

10:05 AM to 10:20 AM
Morning Break

10:25 AM to 11:25 AM
2019 Wage & Hour Update for Employees & Employers
Bob Boston
Waller Law

  • The Trump administration’s influence on trends and changes in the past year
  • Recent changes to overtime exemptions and entitlement
  • Recent case law that may affect your client’s rights and obligations
  • What to expect in 2020 in regards to Wage & Hour Law

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Rocky McElhaney

Your Distinguished Faculty

Claudia Byers

Claudia Byers is an Associate Attorney for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, where she provides legal support for the Compliance Unit and represents the Bureau in contested matters. She also assists in the administration of the UEF Benefit program. During her time with the Bureau, Claudia has developed many valuable training opportunities for the Compliance Unit. She is a member of the Employee Misclassification Advisory Committee. Claudia is active in the community and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Junior League of Nashville. Claudia earned her JD from Belmont University College of Law in 2014. 

Catherine Dugan

Catherine Dugan is a litigation attorney who has practiced in the insurance defense industry since 2004. She has handled claims from workers’ compensation to general liability to coverage, and has worked in private practice and in-house. For most of her career, Cate’s focus has been on defending employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims, assisting her clients as they navigate necessary administrative procedures and defending claims through litigation when needed. She has tried cases before courts throughout Tennessee and has successfully argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel. Another key focus of Cate’s practice is on training and education for employers and carriers, keeping her clients updated as the workers’ compensation law has evolved in recent years and advising on successful practices to avoid common pitfalls when a worker is injured. Cate also enjoys lecturing and presenting at seminars and conferences on important issues facing the practice of workers’ compensation defense.

Cate was chosen for the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program and has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star.  She has also recently been named an Ambassador for the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation. Cate is a Past President and current Board Member with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. She is also the Tennessee State Representative for the Defense Research Institute, as well as an active member of the DRI Workers’ Compensation Committee. Cate is also involved with the Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association, the Blue Goose Tennessee Pond, the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Alumni, and the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter. She is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Tennessee. 

Evan E. Hauser

Evan E. Hauser joined the Knox County Law Director’s Office as Deputy Law Director in July, 2013 to design, implement, and oversee Knox County’s self-insured, self-administered workers’ compensation program. In July, 2016 the Knox County Law Department- Workers’ Compensation Division assumed coverage and administration for Knox County Schools’ workers compensation claims under the Knox County’s self-insured program. The Workers’ Compensation Division currently self-insures approximately 11,800 employees.

Practicing law since 2005, Evan also counsels Knox County leaders and supervisors in a variety of employment law and general torts liability matters in addition to litigating claims in court.

Pamela Beason Johnson

Pamela Beason Johnson is a Workers’ Compensation Judge for the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. In May 2014, Judge Johnson was appointed to the newly established Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. Now a twelve-member Court, Judge Johnson currently hears cases pending in Knoxville. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), and East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW). She is also a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) where she sits on the Board of Directors. She is a regular speaker on issues of workers’ compensation practice and procedures at the national, regional, state, and local levels. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August 1997, and her law degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2000.

Amanda Terry

Amanda Terry is the Director of Compliance for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She has been with the Bureau since 2015. In her role, she oversees the Compliance Unit consisting on investigators and attorneys that identify employers that fail to comply with the requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Laws. She also assists in the administration of the UEF Benefit program. Prior to becoming Director, Amanda worked as an attorney and a mediator for the Bureau. She is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and serves as the Chair of the Employee Misclassification Advisory Committee. Amanda earned her JD from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009.

Elizabeth Vines

Elizabeth Vines received her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin College, a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama, and her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. She joined the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in 2008 as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist. In that capacity, she mediated several hundred workers’ compensation claims and handled several hundred requests for assistance. She has been a staff attorney for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2015, working out of the Cookeville office.

Jennifer White

Jennifer White began her practice in 2002 in criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury work. In 2004, she made the change to insurance defense, and began a career of representation of employers and insurance companies throughout Tennessee. She has represented companies in the defense of numerous workers compensation and personal injury claims, defense of retaliatory discharge claims, and in collection actions. She is an experienced trial attorney who has been litigating in both state and federal courts throughout Tennessee since 2002. In 2011 she was one of the founding partners of Peterson White, LLP, a firm which focuses on representing employers and carriers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.


When: Wednesday - Friday, November 6-8, 2019

Where: Nashville School of Law
4013 Armory Oaks Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204 
Hotel Contact: Beth McDonald 

  • Convenient access to 1-65 and 1-440 


  • $547 (full program)
  • $477 (full program for additional attendees)
  • $347 (Thursday only)
  • $247 (Materials only)
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $50 Off until September 28, 2019

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