SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – The Florida Supreme Court has spoken: Florida workers’ compensation rates are set to increase. As these rate increases may significantly impact numerous local businesses, Goodwill Manasota has partnered with M.E. Wilson to present a discussion on October 5, featuring a panel of experts in the field of Florida workers’ compensation, to help local business professionals navigate the pending changes. This is the first of Goodwill’s Employment 4.0 Workshops, a series of four seminars focusing on helping area employers and employees.
“We are thrilled to hold this educational panel discussion at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus and to be able to share this important information with so many members of our local business community,” said Robin Moch, a partner at M.E. Wilson. “It has always been a part of the M.E. Wilson culture for our team to help solve significant community challenges and to grow our local economy. We identify major issues and lead the way to permanent solutions.”
In addition to information relating to the workers’ compensation rate increase, expert panelists will also address the impact of the cases that were overturned by the Florida legislature. Questions relating to law, claims handling, hiring, firing, and more will also be answered. Specific topics to be covered will include:
• The pending increase to workers’ compensation rates;
• Payment of temporary benefits extending to 260 weeks (up from 104);
• Best practices in claims-handling;
• Updated Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations and their potential impact;
• Impact of the FLSA and the risks of non-compliance; and
• OSHA updates.
“As one of the leaders in employment in this community, Goodwill believes that education provides power – the power to make change and make an impact,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We are grateful to M.E. Wilson for organizing this important update on Florida workers’ compensation policies to help local businesses navigate through the pending increases with minimal negative impact to their bottom line.”
The panel of experts will include: Dana G. Andrews, partner at Kelly Kronenberg Attorneys At Law; Ben H. Cristal, Esquire, partner at Cristal Haneian, LLC; Carol Westberry, president/CEO of Westberry Group; Mark Betten, director of risk management at M.E. Wilson; Robin Moch, partner at M.E. Wilson; and Janet Dayton, partner at M.E. Wilson.
The program will take place on Wednesday, October 5 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton). A light breakfast will be provided. Registration is free but attendees are asked to bring donations of unwanted household items and clothing to help support Goodwill Manasota’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. Seating is limited – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.