Upcoming Workshop/Conferences for Continuing Education Credits

The Department of Labor’s SafetyFest MT


ONLINE LEARNING – August 17th – 21st  – Please visit the Safety Fest website for more information or to register - http://safetyfestmt.com/greatfalls-2020

In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines, while still providing you high quality free training, we are bringing the Great Falls SafetyFest to you. Most classes will be delivered via the Zoom platform. Once you register for a class, you will be sent a link to a Zoom webinar for each topic that you registered for.

**YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN BY TYPING YOUR NAME INTO THE CHAT BOX TO VERIFY YOUR ATTENDANCE**

The following classes have been approved for Claims Examiner Certification Program:
 
MONDAY – Aug 17th

Preparing your workplace for COVID-19     Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Monday 8 AM - 9 AM 
Tiffany Ott, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
 
This course will discuss the need for a COVID -19 exposure control plan and how to implement recommendations. In addition, OSHA memos regarding respiratory protection, PPE, and record-keeping updates due to COVID-19 will be covered.  

HOW TO LOWER YOUR WORK COMP COSTS     Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau 
Monday 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them. 

SUICIDE IN MONTANA   Approved for 2 General CE Credits
Karl Rosston, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services 
Monday 1 PM  – 3 PM 
This presentation focuses on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana.  The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available. 

Learning objectives for this presentation include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will know what QPR stands for, and 3) Participants will be able to identify at least two suicide prevention resources in the state.

 
TUESDAY – Aug 18th

Protecting Yourself from Unemployment Insurance ID Fraud and What to do if You're a Victim   Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Marcus Meyer, Dept. of Justice & Jamie Ryan, DLI Unemployment Insurance Division 

Tuesday 9 AM - 10:30 AM 
This class will cover: 
o How scammers use the COVID-19 crisis to get personal info to apply for UI in your name 
o Red flags your personal information was improperly used to apply for UI 
o Where to report suspected UI fraud/ID theft 
o What to do next to preserve your good credit rating 
o How to monitor your bank accounts 
o What to do if you get requests to “refund mistaken UI payments” 
o What if I get requests for personal information to help me file for UI if I actually need it? 
o How can the MT DOJ Office of Consumer Protection help you? 

 
WEDNESDAY – Aug 19th

Drug & Alcohol Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Tiffany Ott 

Wednesday 9:30 AM - 11 AM 
This course is an overview of drug and alcohol use in Montana. The course will cover substance abuse in Montana, substance use/abuse among workers, and increase risk factors due to COVID-19.  

COVID-19 & Stress Relief    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Shannon Hines, Benefis Hospital 

Wednesday   3:30 PM - 5 PM 
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty and with that comes stress. This class will give participants tips on how they can cope with the uncertainty and reduce stress in their daily lives.

 
THURSDAY – Aug 20th

COVID-19 & Workers' Compensation   Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Maggie Cook-Shimanek, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Medical Director
 
Thursday 8 AM - 9 AM 
This session will provide background information on the interface between workers’ compensation and the COVID-19 crisis. Topics of discussion will include an update on Montana COVID-19 status, relevant workplace health and safety matters, and workers’ compensation considerations.  

COVID-19 Workplace Safety    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
John Olaechea, OSHA 

Thursday 9:30 AM - 11 AM 
This class will go over the current OSHA Standards that apply to the COVID-19 Pandemic

WORK COMP 101    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
 
Thursday 11 AM - 12 PM 
This class provides an overview of Montana’s workers’ compensation system, including the history and purpose of workers’ compensation, coverage requirements, rights and responsibilities of the employer and injured worker, benefits structure, and dispute resolution process.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS   Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
 
Thursday 1 PM - 2 PM 
Learn the best practices the stay at work/return to work program recommendations for safe and effective return to work following a workplace injury. Learn how to use a workability form to improve communication between the health care provider, injured worker, and the injured worker’s employer

 
FRIDAY – Aug 21st

Reasonable Accommodations for COVID-19   Approved for 1 General CE Credit
Lisa Mathess, Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 

Friday 8 AM - 9 AM
This session will provide an overview of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN); go over basic principles of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and explore workplace accommodations for a variety of disabilities and limitations, including a few specific to COVID-19. Situation and solutions from JAN data will help illustrate practical approaches for accommodations in a variety of work environments. 


Governor’s Conference On Workers’ Compensation 2020

**ONLINE ZOOM CONFERENCE**

 
This virtual conference is taking place on 09/29/2020 through 10/02/2020
                 
   **Please visit the Governor’s Conference website for more information 
     or to register: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-claims/governors-conference
 
 **The following classes have been approved for Claims Examiner Certification Program:**

Tuesday, September 29, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*KEYNOTE* - Return to Work Paradigm Shift – JASON PARKER

Tuesday, September 29, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Physical Therapy from First Report to Return to Work – LORENA PAYNE & Gary LUSIN

Tuesday, September 29, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Telemedicine in the Workers’ Compensation System in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond – MAGGIE COOK-SHIMANEK


Wednesday, September 30, 2020    Approved for 1 Law/Rule CE Credit 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Medical Marijuana – BRIAN ALLEN

Wednesday, September 30, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
An Altered State: California Workers’ Compensation in the Time of COVID-19 – ALEX SWEDLOW

Wednesday, September 30, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit 
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Impact of Aging on Workplace Injury and Illness Risk – DR. JOHN SHUMPERT


Thursday, October 1, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Innovative Strategies to Control Claim Complexities and Duration: Understanding the Invisible Underlying Issues – VICTORIA KENNEDY & RYAN GUPPY

Thursday, October 1, 2020    Approved for 1 Ethics CE Credit 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ethical Claim Handling – JUDGE DAVID SANDLER

Thursday, October 1, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

20 Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation – KIMBERLY GEORGE & MARK WALLS


Friday, October 2, 2020    Approved for 1 Law/Rule CE Credit
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Workers’ Compensation Court Discussion – JUDGE DAVID SANDLER

Friday, October 2, 2020    Approved for 1 General CE Credit
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

*KEYNOTE* Communication Across the Ages – JULI BURNEY