Workers Compensation Commission News - FEBRUARY 2013:
The mileage reimbursement rate for all travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2013 is now 56.5 cents per mile. This rate change applies to all claimants, regardless of injury date, and coincides with the federal mileage reimbursement rate pursuant to Section 31-312(a) of the Workers' Compensation Act.
Workers Compensation Commission News - OCTOBER 2012:
Our newly appointed workers compensation commissioner is Steven Morelli.
Commissioner Morelli brings with him more than twenty years' experience in employment, general business, personal injury, and real estate law, in addition to litigation experience in both state and federal courts. From 1990-1994 Commissioner Morelli worked as an Associate in Legal Practice with the firm of Li & Kennedy and from 1994-2000 he was a partner in Roggi & Morelli, LLP. Most recently he had his own practice as the Law Office of Stephen M. Morelli.
Active as an elected official, Commissioner Morelli has recently served as the Deputy Mayor of the Town of Berlin, as well as being a member of the Berlin Town Council, the Budget Committee, and the Ordinance Committee (where he served as Chair). He has also served previously as a member of the Berlin Housing Authority and the Democratic Town Committee, as well as being a Corporator of The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
After studying at Boston College and the University of Connecticut, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Commissioner Morelli earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Following his collegiate studies, he served with the United States Peace Corps in Thailand.
Commissioner Morelli is a member of both the Connecticut and California Bars and is admitted to U.S. District Courts in both states as well, in addition to being a licensed realtor in the state of Connecticut.
Commissioner Morelli has been assigned to the Second District in Norwich.
Congratulations Commissioner Morelli and welcome to the Workers Compensation Commission!
Maximum compensation rate and COLA Memorandum:
Chairman Mastropietro has issued his annual memorandum establishing a maximum weekly compensation rate effective October 1, 2012 to be $1,172.00. Thus, for all injuries occurring on and after October 1, 2012 the temporary total disability rate maximum will be $1,172.00. The maximum rate for partial incapacity will be $1,001.00.
Workers Compensation Commission News - May 2012:
We are all very sad by the passing of Honorable Commissioner Clifford Thompson on May 18, 2012. Commissioner Thompson, who primarily presided in New Britain and Norwich, was a very dedicated and fair Commissioner. He will greatly be missed.
Recently the new medical protocols were issued by Chairman Mastropietro and the Workers' Compensation Commission. The revisions become effective July 1, 2012.
The new medical protocols can be found at http://wcc.state.ct.us/download/acrobat/protocols.pdf
Workers' Compensation Commission News - February 2012:
The legislature went back into session this month. One of the Governor's proposals submitted as Governor's Bill No. 5016, is to transfer the Workers' Compensation Commission into the Labor Department. Hearings will be held on this and we will keep you advised.
Workers' Compensation Commission News:
Recently the Workers Compensation Section of the CT Bar held their annual meeting at the CT Bar Association's 2011 Annual Convention. Chairman Mastropietro gave his "State of the Union" address regarding our Compensation Commission and left the crowd feeling somewhat dismayed. CT is currently in a budget crisis right now. Governor Malloy attempted to reach a resolution with the State Unions. The proposed resolution was put to a vote and did not pass and therefore the agreement between the State and the Unions was not ratified.
Governor Malloys next step is to implement his "Plan B". Originally, Plan B called for the elimination of 7500 State jobs. However a recent bulletin showed a reduction of 6,466 State jobs. The Chairman advised that part of the original proposed Plan B called for the closing of 4 Workers' Compensation offices namely, Norwich, Middletown, New Haven and Stamford. (This would have meant that 45 Workers' Compensation Commission employees would have been laid off as well). However, the good news is that the recent bulletin released shows the Commissioner will only layoff 6 employees. Nothing further has been released regarding the closing of any Workers' Compensation offices. Please note, nothing has been finalized to date and the plan continues to take shape as the Legislature continues its special session and the budget is finalized. Stay tuned for further developments, we will keep you posted.
At the meeting the Chairman also advised that the Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Program has been taken out of the Commission and now falls under the Department of Social Services Bureau of Rehab Services. The transition was to be done by July 1, 2011 but it has not been finalized yet and is still in the integration phase. The Chairman advised that Vocational Rehabilitation is funded as a pass thru funding by the Commission. Employers are assessed funds which are now passed thru to the Department of Social Services.
It should also be noted that in an effort to go green and minimize costs the Commission is now using a paperless system for all hearing notices. Soon the only way to receive hearing notices will be via email. Our office has already started receiving the emailed notices. Hopefully this transition will go smoothly.