8:30 - 9:20 AM | UPDATE FROM THE DIVISION
Speakers: Colleen Joern Vetter, Division Director, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation, Jefferson City; Harsh Bhasin, Project Director, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation
This session will include a Division Business Operational Update as well as a Modernization Program Update.
9:20 - 10:10 AM | SO YOU LOST? SHOULD YOU APPEAL? PRACTICE BEFORE THE LABOR COMMISSION AND THE COURTS
Speaker: Patrick J. Platter, The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield
This program covers appeals necessary when parties lose at the Division. Appeals before the Labor Commission and appellate courts have different purposes and procedures. This program covers both, with subjects ranging from pre-appeal evaluation to final briefing and oral argument.
10:10 - 10:20 AM | BREAK
10:20 - 11:10 AM | COVID-19 & WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Speaker: Steve A. McManus, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, PC, St. Louis; Bob Mandava, Hammond and Shinners, PC, St. Louis
What you will learn:
- Is a claimant’s positive diagnosis a compensable work accident?
- How will it be prosecuted/defended?
- Impact of vaccines on work comp claims
- Impact on working remotely.
11:10 AM - 12:30 PM | LUNCH
12:30 - 2:10 PM | CASE LAW UPDATE
Speakers: Michael F. Banahan, Evans & Dixon, LLC, St. Louis; B. Michael Korte, The Korte Law Firm, Webster Groves; Cara L. Harris, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Springfield
2:10 - 2:20 PM | BREAK
2:20 - 3:10 PM | UP IN THE (SMOKE FILLED) AIR . . . MEDICAL MARIJUANA'S UNCERTAIN IMPACT ON MO WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Speaker: Matthew W. Murphy, Vessell Bridges Murphy Law Offices, Columbia
This presentation will focus on Missouri Medical Marijuana Law, Amendment XIV of the Missouri Constitution as well as recent changes to Chapter 287’s drug penalty provisions (Section 287.120.6 RSMo.) Effective August 28, 2017, MO changed several provisions of Chapter 287. One of the more significant changes involved that application of the drug penalty provisions to include a presumption of penalty upon showing of a positive screen for illegal drugs. The following year, Missouri voters approved an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that provided for the legal production, possession and consumption of marijuana for medical purposes. This discussion will dive into the two provisions and flesh out the interplay between the two bodies of law.
3:10 - 4:00 PM | ELIMINATION OF BIAS
Speaker: Kristy A. Lambert, Legal Counsel, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Kansas City