A Conference on the Defense Base Act, October 23-24, 2008, Washington, D.C. - Register now!

A Conference on the Defense Base Act, October 23-24, 2008, Washington, D.C. - Register now!

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL

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THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 

OFFICE OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PROGRAMS 

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present 

A CONFERENCE ON THE DEFENSE BASE ACT 

October 23-24, 2008 

Washington Marriott Hotel 

1221 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037

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 Who Should Attend This Program? This Program is designed to benefit defense contractors and contracting officers, human resources professionals, insurance brokers, risk managers, claims adjusters, and attorneys. The program covers the requirements of Defense Base Act insurance for defense contracts worldwide and the administration of resulting claims for injury and death. We will address the history and scope of the Defense Base Act, the procurement of required insurance coverage, the administration of claims, and current issues of concern and dispute in the effective management of claims under both the Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

8:15 – 8:45        Registration

8:45 – 9:00        Introduction of the Program  

                        DBA “Boot Camp”

Lana A. Corll, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Director, Continuing Legal Education

John Chamberlain, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessments, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

9:00 – 9:30        Basic Issues of Coverage, History and Scope of the Defense Base Act

Mark Reinhalter, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Counsel for Longshore, Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services Division

9:30 – 10:00      Insurance and Waiver

                       􀂄 When is DBA Insurance Coverage Required?

                       􀂄 Consequences of Failure to Secure Insurance

                       􀂄 Waivers of Coverage

John Chamberlain, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessments, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

10:00 – 10:30 Claims Administration Basics

                       􀂄 Benefits Payable Under the Act

                 o Minimum and Maximum Benefits

                 o Statutory Beneficiaries

Katherine Ferar, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Claims Examiner, National Office, OWCP/DLHWC

10:30 – 10:45    Break

10:45 – 12:00    Claims Administration Basics (continued)

                       􀂄 Role of the Employer, Insurance Carrier, and Employee

Miranda Chiu, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Policy, Regulations and Procedures, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

                       􀂄 Role of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

                                   o How Claims are Administratively Processed

                                   o Forms

Richard Robilotti, U.S. Dept. of Labor, District Director, Longshore District Office #2, New York, ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

12:00 – 1:30      Lunch On Your Own

1:30 – 2:30        Status Report on Administration of the DBA and WHCA

                       􀂄 Statistical Report on Claims in OWCP, OALJ and BRB

                       􀂄 Distribution and Management of Claims

                       􀂄 Disposition of Claims in the System

Miranda Chiu, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Policy, Regulations and Procedures, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

Judge Stephen Purcell, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Associate Chief Judge for Longshore, Washington, D.C.

Jan Ulan, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division Chief, Benefits Review Board

Barbara Williames, FECA, Washington, D.C., Chief of Policy & Procedure

2:30 – 3:30        Jurisdiction Under the DBA

                       􀂄 Scope of the Act’s Coverage

                       􀂄 The “Zone of Special Danger”

David Barnett, Esq., Barnett & Lerner, P.A., Dania Beach, FL

Michael Murphy, Henslee Schwartz, Houston, TX

3:30 – 3:45        Break

3:35 – 4:450      Determining Average Weekly Wages

                       􀂄 Domestic Pay Rates Versus Overseas Earnings

                       􀂄 Wages of Nationals Versus Foreign Workers

                       􀂄 Judicial Interpretation of Section 10 of the LHWCA under the DBA

Monica F. Markovich, Esq., Brown Sims, Houston, TX 

Friday, October 24, 2008

8:30 – 9:15        What Insurance is Needed and How to Buy It

                       􀂄 Who is Responsible to Buy Insurance

                                   o Employers

                                   o Sub-Contractors

                                   o Agents and Brokers

                       􀂄 Who is Not Responsible for Insurance

                       􀂄 Single Source Contracts

                       􀂄 Multiple Contracts

                       􀂄 Short Contracts

                       􀂄 Minimum Premiums

                       􀂄 Can the Cost Be Reimbursed?

                                   o Waivers

                                   o Who Applies

                                   o What Does the Waiver Cover?

                                   o What if Someone Mistakenly Relies on a Waiver?

                       􀂄 “Private Insurance” Programs

                       􀂄 Laws of Other Countries

                       􀂄 Costs Not Covered by the DBA

John Chamberlain, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessments, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

Mark Reinhalter, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Counsel for Longshore, Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services Division

Christopher Moody II, Executive Vice President, Moody Insurance Worldwide, Clarksburg, MD

9:15 – 10:00        Exclusivity of the Act

                       􀂄 Congressional Intent and Statutory Mandate

                       􀂄 Judicial Interpretation of Exclusivity

                       􀂄 Interplay With Other Employment-Based Acts

Keith Flicker, Esq., Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP, New York, NY

Mark Reinhalter, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Counsel for Longshore, Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services Division 

 

9:30 – 11:30      Handling Investigations and Discovery in DBA Claims

                       􀂄 The Challenges of Collecting Documentation, Interviewing Witnesses, Conducting Discovery and Developing Evidence

                       􀂄 Language and Cultural Barriers

                       􀂄 Vocational Rehabilitation Challenges

David Barnett, Esq., Barnett & Lerner, P.A., Dania Beach, FL

Alan Brackett, Esq., Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA

11:00 – 12:00    Settlements and Commutations of Claims

                       􀂄 Requirements for Settlements

                       􀂄 How Commutations Work

                       􀂄 How to Determine Whether to Settle or Commute a Claim

Miranda Chiu, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Chief, Branch of Policy, Regulations and Procedures, DOL/ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

Richard Robilotti, U.S. Dept. of Labor, District Director, Longshore District Office #2, New York, ESA/OWCP/DLHWC

12:00 – 1:30      Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 3:30        Important Medical Issues in DBA Claims

                       􀂄 Challenges in Dealing with Foreign Medical Providers

                       􀂄 War Injuries

                       􀂄 Psychiatric Claims and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

                       􀂄 Heart Attacks, Strokes and Other Diseases

John Russo, AIU, New York, NY, Vice President, Claims, International Worker's Compensation/Employer's Liability

3:30 – 4:30        War Hazards Compensation Act

                       􀂄 Scope and Purpose of the Act

                       􀂄 Types of Claims

                                   o Reimbursement Claims

                                   o Direct Payment of Benefits

                                   o Detention Benefits

                       􀂄 Coverage

                                   o “War-Risk Hazards”

                                   o “Hostile Force”

                       􀂄 Processing of Claims by OWCP

                                   o Proper Forms and Documentation

                                   o Appeal Rights 

Thomas Giblin, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Deputy Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, Federal Employees' and Energy Workers' Compensation

Roger Levy, Esq., Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, San Francisco, CA