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Your Executive Council has created this site in an effort to encourage and facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the members of our Section. Enjoy! The purpose of the Workers' Compensation Section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have a common interest in workers' compensation law. The Section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial abilities in workers' compensation cases.

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Workers' Compensation Executive Council Meeting
Orlando World Center Marriott
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
1:30 p.m.  - 3:30 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom D-F

Workers' Compensation Section Elections & Reception - 4th  & 5th Appellate Districts
Orlando World Center Marriott
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
4:00 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom K & L

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Dear Colleagues:

It is with great honor and delight that I begin my term as Chair the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar for 2015   2016. The leadership that has preceded me has accomplished much in leading our Section in the pursuit of professionalism, in enhancing the legal competence of the bar and in the promotion of a sustainable workers' compensation practice. I congratulate the outgoing Chair Bill Rogner on a job well done during his tenure as the “Czar of Comp,” as he liked to call it.  Most of all, I salute his efforts to continually improve the relationship between the Section and our JCCs by convincing so many JCCs to join our Section. I hope to build upon Bill’s solid foundation. To that end, under my watch, the Section will advance and support legislation for a well-deserved increase in the salaries of our JCCs. One of the Section’s duly adopted positions is to “Support an increase in the salaries of Judges of Compensation Claims,” so this objective clearly falls within the bounds of what our Section can advocate, and we intend to support legislation geared to achieving this worthy goal.

Simply put, my objective is to get JCC salaries to the same level as county court judges.  Until 1994, JCC salaries were tied to circuit judges,  usually “lagging” behind about $4,000 annually. See Fla. Stat. §440.45(4)(1993). This statutory “tie in” was repealed in 1994. Since the 1994 removal of the statutory tie in, OJCC salaries have not kept pace with inflation. The 1989 JCC salary was $79,359. The 2012 JCC salary, in constant 1989 dollars, is only $65,676.31 In real dollars, the JCC salary has decreased 17% over the last 23 years. See 2011 2012 Annual Report of the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims, pp. 35. We hope to at lease have our JCC salaries be the same as county judges and once again tie their salaries to those of Article 5 judges so that when they get a raise, our JCCs will also get a raise. 

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Members in the  4th  & 5th Appellate Districts are encouraged to vote until August 7, 2015. You must vote for one Claimant Candidate and one Defense Candidate. See Ballots Below:

Click here for the 4th Appellate District Election Ballot

Click here for the 5th Appellate District Election Ballot

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2015 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum Course Books Still Available!





Course books are still available for sale. Supplies are limited, there will be no reprints, so do not delay your order!

Purchase Price: $89.95/each (includes shipping & handling)

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