National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference Update 2020: Connection in Uncertain Times

There's never been a greater need for the workers' comp industry to come together and share its strength. Find out more about our conference plans for 2020.
By: | June 1, 2020

Given the realities of the evolving pandemic crisis, it’s too soon to speculate on the viability of any in-person conference in 2020, and the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® — National Comp — is no exception.

We can tell you with certainty that we have a fantastic event planned for October. Whether we connect in Chicago, or whether it happens through the robust digital and virtual experience we’re building this year, we’ve planned a program designed for these unique times, because our need for connection has never been more urgent.

There are unprecedented difficulties ahead. We will face the challenge together.

No matter when and how the world finds its way to a new normal, our challenges will be great.

In the shadow of economic upheaval, how do we get recovery right? How do we return people to work safely? How do we manage employees too fearful for their safety to return to work and injured workers too anxious about exposure to venture out to their treating physicians?

How do we simultaneously solve for the safety of workers with rusty skills or workers doing unfamiliar jobs because their old jobs have dissolved?

On the claims side, gray areas remain on whether COVID-19 claims are compensable under workers’ comp and under what circumstances. But those who must deny such claims will face backlash from a public fiercely protective of the pandemic’s heroes—our essential workers.

We face mounting challenges that have no precedent in the modern era; the only way through it is together.

It’s never been more vital that we come together as an industry to share our strength and to exchange ideas and solutions.

We’re committed to helping guide the way forward, in 2020 and beyond.

Rest assured that we will meet again, in person. Whether it happens this year in Chicago or next year in Las Vegas remains to be seen. Either way, though, we have exciting updates and changes to share.

Visit our website to find out more about the conference, in 2020 and beyond. &

Michelle Kerr is Workers' Compensation Editor for Risk & Insurance, and chair of the annual National Comp conference. She can be reached at [email protected]

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