Upcoming Workshop/Conferences for Continuing Education Credits

Employment Relations  Division Blue Book Training

**Online ZOOM Training Only**

Approved for 2 Law/Rule Credits

July 22, 2020

Proposed Agenda, as time permits:

Attorney fee statutes, 611-614, Lockhart liens, SSD fees

Look at Berry v Mid Century, 2020 MTWCC 10

Start on Part 7 with 39-71-701, Temporary Total Disability benefits

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

**This will be a Zoom meeting. You will be able to see the slides, but you don't have to turn on your camera or microphone**

To register for this training, please email Nikki Hartman at nhartman@mt.gov. You must be registered for this training in order to receive CE's or attend. Once you have registered, you will be emailed a ZOOM Link and Code.

**How to obtain CE's for attending this training -- Your attendance will be documented by logging onto the ZOOM Meeting and the provided verification code must be emailed to Nikki Hartman in order to receive your CE's. 

2020 Stakeholder's Meeting -DLI/ERD

The Employment Relations Division, Work Comp Section is hosting virtual stakeholder's  meeting's this year. Please plan to attend one of the three stakeholder's meetings to learn new information and important business process updates2 Law/Rule Claims Examiner Certification Credits  have been assigned to this stakeholder meeting. Examiners are welcome to attend all the meetings but credits will only be awarded once. Stakeholder Meetings are planned for:

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The following information and topics will be presented during the 2020 Stakeholder meetings:

  1. COVID-19 ERD and Claims Assistance
  2. Claims Examiner Certification
  3. Subsequent Injury Fund
  4. Order Compelling Copy of the Claim File
  5. 5yr Petitions:
    a. Statutory Requirements
    b. Petition Process
    c. Review Determinations
  6. Updates:
    a. Drug Formulary
    b. Fee Schedule, U&T Guidelines
    c. Medical Status Form
  7. Work Comp Court Cases & Supreme Court Cases
  8. New Rates

** To register, please click here

You will need to register for one or more of these stakeholder's meetings. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your meeting link.

***In order to receive your Claims Examiner Certification Credits, you will need to type your name into the chat box, verifying you attendance***


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.


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.