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Workers’ Compensation Commitee

The Illinois Chambers Workers Compensation Committee is composed of employers and industry leaders, concerned with the current system in Illinois. The committee focuses on legislative and regulatory issues affecting workers compensation (WC) issues and their impact on the businesses at the state level. The committee also develops educational forum to educate other employers, lawmakers and those associated with workers compensation on ways reduces costs and fraud. The committee assists the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in developing its pro-business legislative agenda and works to defeat legislation offered by others that would be harmful to the business climate, costly to the businesses located here or complicated to comply with or administer.

Members

The Committee is comprised of: employers, attorneys, case managers, CEOs, claims managers, claims adjustors, disability managers, health & safety professionals, insurance executives, human resource professionals, legislators, occupational health nurses, operations personal, physicians, researchers, risk managers, risk analysts, RNs, TPAs, workers compensation & disability claims analysts and all others involved and concerned with workers compensation.

Format

The Committee meets as necessary. An update on WC legislative matters at the State House is presented on a quarterly basis. A public official in the WC arena, such as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development or the Commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), usually addresses the group about current legislation or other relevant administrative matters. This presentation is followed by a discussion among members concerning issues the committee can work on, strategy for
moving the agenda forward, and other relevant business.

Issues

During recent legislative sessions,the Workers Compensation Committee was actively involved in the ongoing effort to push through reforms that Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. These reforms are critical because they would restore balance to the WC system, , reduce employers’ costs for WC insurance, and effectively eliminate WC costs as an obstacle to growing a business in Illinois. The WC committee also explores ways to support legislative initiatives to improve the system. The committee occasionally involves members actively lobbying in favor of or
against legislation at the State House.

To get involved with the Workers’ Compensation Committee contact:
Jay Shattuck at 217-544-5490 or jaydeeshattuck@gmail.com

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