25th Anniversary Event Recognizing Workers’ Compensation System Reforms

05/18/2017 -  On Friday, May 19, the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court and the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council will host a 25th anniversary observation of the Workers’ Compensation reforms of 1992 at the Providence Biltmore hotel from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The gathering will be in L’Apogee on the 18th floor.

According to the RI Judiciary, the 1992 Workers’ Compensation Reform Act addressed a workers’ compensation system that was in a crisis of waste, abuse and poor service to legitimately injured workers. Reforms of 1990 did not go far enough to protect the fiscal health and stability of the overall workers’ compensation system. The 1992 Act provided additional incentives for insurers to adequately and vigorously manage their cases; to swiftly and fairly identify employees who were no longer disabled and remove them from the system; to motivate workers to return to gainful employment; to motivate employers to reinstate injured workers; to improve the safety of the workplace, and to assure that all participants conduct themselves with integrity. Among those expected to give remarks are U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who as state director of business regulation in 1992 oversaw the reforms; Governor Raimondo; House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello; Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio; Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell, and Workers’ Compensation Court Chief Judge Ferrieri.