Commission News

Workers Compensation Commission News - October 2016:

News and Notes: Effective October 1, 2016, the new maximum compensation rate is $1,292.00

Workers Compensation Commission News - February 2015:

Notice to employers and insurers: Effective January 1, 2015 the mileage rate has increased to 57.5 cents per mile. Mileage Reimbursement Rate Rises Increased Mileage Reimbursement Rates

The WCC has issued a memorandum regarding the official Fee Schedule for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers, effective on or after April 1, 2015.

Fee Schedule for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Workers Compensation Commission News - JANUARY 2015:

The Compensation Review Board for 2015 will consist of Chairman John A. Mastropietro and Commissioners Randy L. Cohen and Stephen M. Morelli.

The Chairmans office has issued a memorandum indicating that mileage reimbursement for all travel expenses incurred on or after 1/1/15 has increased to 57.5 cents per mile.

Notice to employers and insurers: Effective January 1, 2015 the mileage rate has increased to 57.5 cents per mile. Mileage Reimbursement Rate Rises Increased Mileage Reimbursement Rates

The WCC has issued a memorandum regarding the official Fee Schedule for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers, effective on or after April 1, 2015.

Fee Schedule for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Workers Compensation Commission News - OCTOBER 2014:

WCC BENEFIT RATE TABLES MEMORANDUM, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Please see the links below.

Average Weekly Wage Maximum Compensation Rate Memorandum

Calculating Colas Document

Workers’ Compensation Update:
1. The maximum compensation rate for injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2014 for total disability and decedents (dependents) will be $1,175.00.
2. The maximum compensation rate for partial disability under CGS 31-308 as of October 1, 2014 will be $991.00.

Workers Compensation Commission News - OCTOBER 2013:

WCC BENEFIT RATE TABLES MEMORANDUM, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Please see the link below.

BENEFIT RATE TABLES MEMORANDUM

Workers Compensation Update:
1. The maximum compensation rate for injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2013 for total disability and decedents (dependents) will be $1,184.00. This is an increase of $12.00 over last year’s maximum rate.
2. The maximum compensation rate for partial disability under CGS 31-308 as of October 1, 2013 will be $985.00.

Workers Compensation Commission News - AUGUST 2013:



ATTENTION EMPLOYERS!!
The personnel file statute has recently been amended and will take effect on October 1, 2013.
When an employee or former employer requests to inspect their personnel file, the employer must produce it within seven (7) business days for the current employees and former employers must be able to inspect the file within ten (10) business days given they have requested their file within 1 years of departure.
Employers have the right to copy the file at the time of inspection. Both the employer and former employer must agree on the place of inspection but if they cannot agree the employer must mail a copy within ten (10) days of the request to the employee. If the employer does not comply with this statute, the Labor Department can assess a civil penalty up to $500.00 for a first violation and up to $1,000.00 for subsequent violations.

Workers Compensation Commission News - June 17, 2013:

ASSIGNMENT OF COMMISSIONERS (EFFECTIVE January 1, 2014)

CHAIRMAN:
John Mastropietro

FIRST:
Stephen M. Morelli
Christine L. Engel

SECOND:
Ernie R. Walker
Daniel E. Dilzer (2 weeks per month or as needed)

THIRD:
Jack R. Goldberg
Nancy E Salerno
Jodi Murray Gregg (2 weeks per month or as needed)

FOURTH:
Charles F Senich
Michelle D. Truglia

FIFTH:
Peter C. Mlynarczyk
Scott A. Barton

SIXTH:
Stephen P. Delaney
Daniel E. Dilzer (2 weeks per month or as needed)

SEVENTH:
Randy L. Cohen
Jodi Murray Gregg (2 weeks per month or as needed)

EIGHTH:
David W. Schoolcraft
Amado J. Vargas

Workers Compensation Commission News - FEBRUARY 2013:

The mileage reimbursement rate for all travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2013 is now 56.5 cents per mile. This rate change applies to all claimants, regardless of injury date, and coincides with the federal mileage reimbursement rate pursuant to Section 31-312(a) of the Workers' Compensation Act.

Workers Compensation Commission News - OCTOBER 2012:

Our newly appointed workers compensation commissioner is Steven Morelli.

Commissioner Morelli brings with him more than twenty years' experience in employment, general business, personal injury, and real estate law, in addition to litigation experience in both state and federal courts. From 1990-1994 Commissioner Morelli worked as an Associate in Legal Practice with the firm of Li & Kennedy and from 1994-2000 he was a partner in Roggi & Morelli, LLP. Most recently he had his own practice as the Law Office of Stephen M. Morelli.

Active as an elected official, Commissioner Morelli has recently served as the Deputy Mayor of the Town of Berlin, as well as being a member of the Berlin Town Council, the Budget Committee, and the Ordinance Committee (where he served as Chair). He has also served previously as a member of the Berlin Housing Authority and the Democratic Town Committee, as well as being a Corporator of The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

After studying at Boston College and the University of Connecticut, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Commissioner Morelli earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Following his collegiate studies, he served with the United States Peace Corps in Thailand.

Commissioner Morelli is a member of both the Connecticut and California Bars and is admitted to U.S. District Courts in both states as well, in addition to being a licensed realtor in the state of Connecticut.

Commissioner Morelli has been assigned to the Second District in Norwich.

Congratulations Commissioner Morelli and welcome to the Workers Compensation Commission!

Maximum compensation rate and COLA Memorandum:

Chairman Mastropietro has issued his annual memorandum establishing a maximum weekly compensation rate effective October 1, 2012 to be $1,172.00. Thus, for all injuries occurring on and after October 1, 2012 the temporary total disability rate maximum will be $1,172.00. The maximum rate for partial incapacity will be $1,001.00.

Workers Compensation Commission News - May 2012:

We are all very sad by the passing of Honorable Commissioner Clifford Thompson on May 18, 2012. Commissioner Thompson, who primarily presided in New Britain and Norwich, was a very dedicated and fair Commissioner. He will greatly be missed.

Recently the new medical protocols were issued by Chairman Mastropietro and the Workers' Compensation Commission. The revisions become effective July 1, 2012.

The new medical protocols can be found at http://wcc.state.ct.us/download/acrobat/protocols.pdf


Workers’ Compensation Commission News - February 2012:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

The legislature went back into session this month. One of the Governor's proposals submitted as Governor's Bill No. 5016, is to transfer the Workers' Compensation Commission into the Labor Department. Hearings will be held on this and we will keep you advised.


Workers’ Compensation Commission News:

Recently the Workers Compensation Section of the CT Bar held their annual meeting at the CT Bar Association's 2011 Annual Convention. Chairman Mastropietro gave his "State of the Union" address regarding our Compensation Commission and left the crowd feeling somewhat dismayed. CT is currently in a budget crisis right now. Governor Malloy attempted to reach a resolution with the State Unions. The proposed resolution was put to a vote and did not pass and therefore the agreement between the State and the Unions was not ratified.

Governor Malloys next step is to implement his "Plan B". Originally, Plan B called for the elimination of 7500 State jobs. However a recent bulletin showed a reduction of 6,466 State jobs. The Chairman advised that part of the original proposed Plan B called for the closing of 4 Workers' Compensation offices namely, Norwich, Middletown, New Haven and Stamford. (This would have meant that 45 Workers' Compensation Commission employees would have been laid off as well). However, the good news is that the recent bulletin released shows the Commissioner will only layoff 6 employees. Nothing further has been released regarding the closing of any Workers' Compensation offices. Please note, nothing has been finalized to date and the plan continues to take shape as the Legislature continues its special session and the budget is finalized. Stay tuned for further developments, we will keep you posted.

At the meeting the Chairman also advised that the Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Program has been taken out of the Commission and now falls under the Department of Social Services Bureau of Rehab Services. The transition was to be done by July 1, 2011 but it has not been finalized yet and is still in the integration phase. The Chairman advised that Vocational Rehabilitation is funded as a pass thru funding by the Commission. Employers are assessed funds which are now passed thru to the Department of Social Services.

It should also be noted that in an effort to go green and minimize costs the Commission is now using a paperless system for all hearing notices. Soon the only way to receive hearing notices will be via email. Our office has already started receiving the emailed notices. Hopefully this transition will go smoothly.


Workers Compensation Commission News - May 2011:

WCC Correction To Weekly Benefits For DOI'S 2011


Workers Compensation Commission News - October 2010:

OCTOBER 1, 2010 ADJUSTMENTS/NEW RATES:

The wages of all workers in Connecticut did not increase and in fact decreased for the second straight year. The new maximum rate under Section 31-309 is therefore $1,134.00 for injuries on or after July 1, 1993. There is no COLA therefore due under Section 31-307a.

On the other hand, however, please note that the average production wage did increase and therefore the new maximum for PPD or TP under Section 31-308 for injuries after July 1, 1993 will be $959.00.

For injuries occurring October 1, 1987 through June 30, 1993 (rate controlled by the average production wage) there will be significant COLA increases. The new maximum for those injuries is $1,438.00 and for those injuries there is a 7.8% COLA. For injuries prior to September 30, 1987 the COLA will be 7.7%.

For a complete list of all rates see the Commission memorandum no. 2010-05.


Workers Compensation Commission News - September 2010:

Honorable Clifton E. Thompson

Commissioner Thompson was a Military Police Sergeant in the United States Army for several after which he spent more the 15 years as a member of the Hartford Police Department. During that time he earned an A.S. degree in Law Enforcement from Manchester Community College and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.

Commissioner Thompson received his Juris Doctor degree from the Western New England College School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as the United States District Court in Connecticut. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree he opened his own law office in Hartford engaging in the general practice of law with an emphasis on Real Estate (residential and commercial) and Landlord and Tenant Law.

Workers Compensation Commission News - August 2010:

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2010

ASSIGNMENT OF COMMISSIONERS

CHAIRMAN:
John Mastropietro

FIRST:
Commissioner Stephen Delaney
Commissioner Ernie Walker

SECOND:
Commissioner Clifton Thompson (as needed)
Commissioner David Schoolcraft

THIRD:
Commissioner Scott Barton
Commissioner Christine Engel
Commissioner Jodi Gregg (as needed)

FOURTH:
Commissioner Jack Goldberg
Commissioner Randy Cohen

FIFTH:
Commissioner Charles Senich
Commissioner Nancy Salerno

SIXTH:
Commissioner Peter Mlynarczyk
Commissioner Clifton Thompson (as needed)

SEVENTH:
Commissioner Michelle Truglia
Commissioner Jodi Gregg (as needed)

EIGHTH:
Commissioner Amado Vargas
Commissioner Daniel Dilzer

COMMISSONER DONALD DOYLE IS RETIRING.

Workers Compensation Commission News:

At the recent Workers' Compensation Section meeting at the annual Bar Association Chairman Mastropietro confirmed that the Eighth District Commission in Middletown will not be closing but that the office will be relocating in Middletown.


Workers Compensation Commission News:

In November, Chairman Mastropietro, as well as Commissioners Senich, Barton and Engel were panel members at the Connecticut Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section seminar dealing with cardiovascular medical conditions, including heart disease and hypertension. Attorney Jason Dodge, of Pomeranz, Drayton & Stabnick was also a member of the panel. During the seminar, excellent lectures and presentations were put on by many cardiologists associated with Hartford Hospital.


Workers’ Compensation Commission News:

8th District to remain open.

After great debate and despite severe budget deficits, various legislators, commission members and attorneys of interest were able to cobble together the funding and staffing necessary to keep the Middletown Compensation office open. The office had been slated to be eliminated in early budget proposals. The Governor announced this week, however, that the office will remain open. The office is of note in that it houses the Commissioner’s asbestos litigation program.


Workers Compensation Commission News:

The Voluntary Agreement for specific was revised by the Commission effective 8/31/09. The change adds in a line under paragraph 3(a): "Additional Information (if required)." This gives the respondents a place to clearly note if the agreed upon permanency is a compromise between two or more ratings. Thank you to Martha Pac in our office for making this suggestion to the Commission.


Workers Compensation Commission News:

The Middletown (8th District) office still remains open and there is still no word on whether it will officially close. However, there has been a rumor floated that the Compensation Review Board may move into the Government Building where the Waterbury Compensation Office is located. We will keep you posted.


Workers’ Compensation Commission News:

While there is still no official determination as to whether there will be closures of one or more of the workers' compensation commission offices, there have been some steps taken to oppose the closure. The Democrats, in their budget proposal, removed the proposal for the closure of two offices. Also, the CBA, after meeting in an executive session, voted to oppose the closings. It is too soon, however, to predict what will occur but we will keep you updated.


Workers Compensation Commission News:

A significant number of employees of the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission will be retiring from the system this year. The retirees include, amongst others, office administrators, paralegals, court reporters, and clerical staff. Most of the employees who are retiring have been with the State for many years and have ably assisted injured workers, employers, insurance carriers and TPA’s in the handling of workers’ compensation claims. The State of Connecticut will be losing a wealth of knowledge and experience with the well-deserved retirement of these staff members. We thank these new retirees for their dedication to their jobs and help that they have provided to all parties in the compensation system; we also wish the new retirees happiness and success in this next phase of their lives.

Although there has been no official announcement, we would not be surprised if one or more workers’ compensation commission offices will be eliminated due to budgetary concerns in the next few years. The State of Connecticut is obviously dealing with difficult financial issues and consolidation of commission offices might allow for cost reductions. We will keep you advised regarding any news that we hear.


New Mileage Reimbursement Rates

The Connecticut General Assembly recently approved the re-appointments of Honorable Commissioners Amado J. Vargas, Ernie R. Walker and Nancy E. Salerno. The appointments are for another five years.

The Workers Compensation Commission website has now launched an online coverage verification service. It allows one to verify whether an employer in Connecticut has workers' compensation insurance coverage. It is based on the NCCI (National Council on Compensation Insurance) database. You can visit this website at: wcc.state.ct.us and click on the link verify coverage.

District 1
Stephen B. Delaney
Christine L. Engel

District 2
Donald H. Doyle, Jr.
David W. Schoolcraft – 1 week per month (as needed)

District 3
Charles F. Senich
Randy L. Cohen

District 4
Scott A. Barton
Jack R. Goldberg

District 5
Nancy E. Salerno
Peter C. Mlynarczyk

District 6
Amado J. Vargas
David W. Schoolcraft – 3 weeks per month

District 7
Michelle D. Truglia
Jodi Murray Gregg

District 8
Ernie R. Walker
Daniel E. Dilzer


On April 4, 2008 Governor Rell named Daniel Dilzer of Kensington and David Schoolcraft of Hebron as the two newest Workers Compensation Commissioners. It is anticipated that for the next few months, both Commissioners will be assigned to all of the districts as part of the orientation process. By September, each of the Commissioners will probably be assigned to split their time between two districts.

Honorable Daniel Dilzer

Commissioner Dilzer has worked as an attorney at the law firm of Davila and Dilzer in New Britain. He earned his law degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University. Commissioner Dilzer serves on the State of Connecticut’s Victims Compensation Commission and has served as a Commissioner of the New Britain Housing Authority, the Berlin Board of Ethics and the Berlin Charter Revision Commission. Commissioner Dilzer also served in the Connecticut Army National Guard from 1984 to 1992.

Honorable David Schoolcraft

Commissioner Schoolcraft has worked as an attorney for the Rocky Hill based law offices of Donna-Maria Lonergan. He has served as Chair of the Hebron Board of Selectmen and serves on the Board of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough Youth Services, Inc. Commissioner Schoolcraft earned his law degree from Western New England College School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.


In August 2007, Randy L. Cohen was appointed by the Governor to serve as our newest workers' compensation commissioner. Commissioner Cohen is a board certified workers' compensation specialist . She previously practiced law as a partner in the firm of Corsello and Cohen of Norwalk where she focused part of her practice in workers compensation. Commissioner Cohen is currently sitting in Brideport (4th District) and Waterbury (5th District). There is a possibility that she will soon be moved to Stamford (7th District).

Effective June 1, 2007 the Chairman has determined that Stipulation payments must be made no later than twenty (20) days after approval of the Stipulation. The 20 day period begins the day after approval of the agreement. See memorandum 2007-02.

Commissioner Jesse Frankl and Commissioner A. Thomas White officially retired in 2007.

Commissioner James Metro retired on August 31, 2007. He will be doing some per diem work conducting hearings in New Milford.
Commissioner Paoletta and Commissioner Waldron will be retiring as of March 1, 2007.

Governor Rell appointed Jack Goldberg to sevre as a workers' compensation commissioner. He was previously a commissioner for The Department of Public Utility Commission. Commissioner Goldberg is presiding in The Middletown office - (eighth district).

In August 2007, Randy L. Cohen was appointed by the Governor to serve as our newest workers' compensation commissioner. She will be sitting in Bridgeport (4th District). Commissioner Cohen was previously a partner in the firm Corsello and Cohen where she focused part of her practice in workers compensation.

Please note new statute books are now available in all the districts.

Please note the Form 36 has been revised as of October 1, 2007. The Form can be obtained on the Commission's website. Please note it must also be sent directly to the claimant in addition to claimant's attorney.