State of Connecticut Workers – Compensation Commission #workers #compensation #for #employees


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State of Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission

Updated July 13, 2017

  • 2017 Official Connecticut Practitioner Fee Schedule effective July 15, 2017 [MEMORANDUM NO. 2017-04]
  • CRB Opinions Posted to the Site
  • Workers Compensation Commission Guidelines for Mediation effective July 1, 2017 [MEMORANDUM NO. 2017-03]
  • CRB Calendars Updated
  • PDF Version of Bulletin No. 52 Now Available
  • WCC Welcomes New Commissioners
  • CRB Opinion Posted to the Site
  • Bulletin 52 [MEMORANDUM NO. 2017-02]

Welcome to the State of Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission Website

The Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) administers the workers compensation laws of the State of Connecticut with the ultimate goal of ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses. To this end, the Commission facilitates voluntary agreements, adjudicates disputes, makes findings and awards, hears and rules on appeals, and closes out cases through full and final stipulated settlements.

Injured At Work?

Here s what to do. if you have a work-related injury or illness.

You may also want to download our Information Packet (PDF file: 1.7 MB). which contains comprehensive information and the 30C Form you can use to make an official claim for workers compensation benefits.

What s Available Online?

Our website is comprised of more than 4,800 web pages and downloadable documents, including News of Connecticut s workers compensation system, Memorandums issued by the Workers Compensation Commission Chairman that affect the daily operation of the workers compensation system, and an RSS Newsfeed to which you can subscribe as a free and convenient way to keep abreast of workers compensation-related updates.

Agency Forms are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and can be filled out online and printed. Our online forms also have the capability to save any data you type into them all you need in order to use this extended functionality is the free and easy-to-use Adobe Reader software program (version 7 or 8) .

Publications are also available in Portable Document Format (PDF). including Annual Reports, Benefit Rate Tables, informational Handbooks, Statute Books, and more!

Additional resources include a Glossary of workers compensation terminology and Links to other relevant web resources.

Statutes and Regulations

The Workers Compensation Act (also known as Chapter 568 of the Connecticut General Statutes) was first enacted in 1913. There have been numerous changes to the Act since that time, but the main premise of the Act has always been to provide wage replacement and other benefits, as well as medical treatment, for those employees who have been injured, disabled, or killed while performing their jobs.

The Act also sets up an administrative system to provide for workers compensation benefits by creating the Workers Compensation Commission as the agency to administer the provisions of the Act. Part of implementing those statutes includes issuing Regulations that affect the operation of various aspects of the workers compensation system.

Related Statutes from other chapters of the Connecticut General Statutes also play a part in some workers compensation cases.

Hearings and Appeals

The Commission holds hearings to resolve disputes in workers compensation cases in the eight District Offices located throughout Connecticut.

The Commission s Compensation Review Board (CRB) hears and rules on appeals from hearings initially held in the Districts. A new feature we are pleased to make available online is a collection of CRB Calendars that you can view and print to follow the Board s upcoming hearing activities.

We also publish the Opinions that are issued from appeals Opinions from October 1, 1994 to the present are available on our site. Annotations of all CRB Opinions from 1980 to the present are also available as a research aid.

Additional Commission Services

In addition to its quasi-judicial duties, the Commission performs a number of related duties. Education Services provides information about the workers compensation system through this website, our toll-free telephone information service, publications, and more.

Both injured workers and employers may benefit from the offerings of Rehabilitation Services. which assists eligible injured workers to return to the state s workforce.

Our Safety Health Services unit assists employers with implementation of the workers compensation regulations regarding Establishment and Administration of Safety and Health Committees at Work Sites.

The Commission s Statistical Division measures and monitors the Commission s caseload and performance, and also researches insurance coverage and injury and claims data.

Agendas are posted for public meetings of the Workers Compensation Advisory Board and Workers Compensation Commissioners.

Licensing

The Commission is also charged with administration of several types of licensing. The first of these is the granting to qualifying employers in the state the right to operate an approved Medical Care Plan (sometimes called a PPO) to provide medical treatment for their employees work-related injuries and illnesses.

Second, the Commission reviews and approves applications for Self-Insurance plans in which employers insure their state-mandated workers compensation liabilities themselves, rather than through purchasing insurance coverage from commercial insurance carriers.

Need help finding something?

In addition to the links on this page, you can find specific pages on our site using either the Index (which lists pages alphabetically) or the Site Map (which shows pages categorized by general topic area) .

You may also wish to Search the site if you need to narrow your search, we have an Advanced Search function available.

Have a Suggestion?

It is an honor to serve you, our online customers if you have an idea for information to be included on our site or for a feature that would make the site more useful, feel free to send us a suggestion by email.


Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota #pera, #retirement, #minnesota #pension, #pension, #public #pension, #minnesota #retirement,


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Preretirement Workshop scheduled for Aug. 18 in St. Paul

Due to popular demand, we ve added a Preretirement Workshop for Friday, Aug. 18 at the Retirement Systems Building of Minnesota, 60 Empire Drive, Room 106, St. Paul.

Preretirement Workshops are designed for members who are within about five years of retirement. These large group programs give you a broad perspective on retirement by looking at more than just your PERA pension. They also address Social Security and Medicare benefits, health insurance, financial and estate planning, and other retirement-related issues.

Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PERA invites couples as well as individual members to attend, but you must register in advance workshops fill up quickly. Because these are group presentations, there is no time available for individual counseling.

To register, visit MY PERA, or call PERA at 651-296-7460 or 1-800-652-9026. Space is limited.

Group Conferences scheduled in Saint Paul office in August

Tuesday, August 15 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 25 9:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 31 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

A Group Conference is a 60-minute educational program where members receive a personalized retirement estimate and learn about their benefit options and the retirement application process. PERA counselors present the information. Group Conferences are ideal for those members who are a few years from retirement.

To register, visit MY PERA or call PERA at 651-296-7460 or 1-800-652-9026. Space is limited.

Group Conferences scheduled in greater Minnesota in August

Thief River Falls Tuesday, August 15 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Moorhead Wednesday, August 16 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. (The 10 a.m. session is FULL) and 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Mankato Friday, August 25 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 22 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Virginia Tuesday, August 29 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

A Group Conference is a 60-minute educational program where members receive a personalized retirement estimate and learn about their benefit options and the retirement application process. PERA counselors present the information. Group Conferences are ideal for those members who are a few years from retirement.

To register, visit MY PERA or call PERA at 651-296-7460 or 1-800-652-9026. Space is limited.

PERA News is now available

To read the latest legislative news, click Resources. then Newsletter.

Learn about your pension

As a public employee, you are already contributing to your financial future. Watch our video to learn more.

Registration is open for workshops throughout Minnesota

PERA workshops are now set for the second half of 2017. The complete schedule of workshops and conferences can be found by clicking the Calendar of Events on the right side of the page. You can also register by visiting MY PERA or by calling us. See you at a workshop. Register today.

Governor Vetoes Bill Containing Pension Reforms

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed Special Session S.F. 3 on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The bill contained the contents of the 2017 Omnibus Retirement Bill (Regular Session S.F. 545) passed by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) and the Minnesota Senate during Regular Session. This bill also contained other labor-related provisions found by Governor Dayton to be veto-worthy. Most notably for PERA, the vetoed bill included a lower investment return assumption of 7.5 percent, benefit reforms for the Police Fire Plan, and numerous administrative modifications.

PERA Board of Trustees names Board Vice President

The PERA Board of Trustees voted unanimously at their April 13 meeting to name Ross Arneson as Vice President of the Board. Arneson, the elected Retiree and Disabilitant Re presentative, replaces David Metusalem, the elected Police and Fire Representative, who recently retired.

The PERA Board will appoint a person to fill the remainder of the Police and Fire Representative position which ends in January 2019. Information on how to apply for the position will be announced in the June newsletter and on our website.

You Talk + We Listen = SUCCESS

Group Conferences set record attendance

When we asked members for feedback on what is the best time to attend a Group Conference, 83 percent of members surveyed requested early Saturday mornings. And, we listened. In a recent three-week time period, nearly 250 PERA members attended Saturday sessions of Group Conferences. A Group Conference is a 60-minute educational program where members receive a personalized retirement estimate and learn about their benefit options and the retirement application process. PERA counselors present the information. Group Conferences are ideal for those members who are a few years from retirement.

Check out our full conference schedule by clicking Calendar of Events .

To register, visit MY PERA, or call PERA at 651-296-7460 or 1-800-652-9026.

Group Conferences scheduled in Mankato office

Our Mankato office has Group Conferences scheduled for June 30 and July 21. For each day, members can register to attend either a 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. session.

To register, visit MY PERA, or call PERA at 651-296-7460 or 1-800-652-9026. Space is limited.

Together, We Make Minnesota Better

2016 annual benefits by county paid by Minnesota’s Public Pension Plans

In fiscal year 2016, nearly 200,000 Minnesotans received a benefit from one of the public pension plans in our state, totaling over $4 billion. Spending by benefit recipients provides a steady economic stimulus to Minnesota communities and the state economy. One person’s spending becomes another person’s income, creating a multiplier effect. Retirees of state and local government put three times as much money back into the state economy as is collected by the public pension plans from taxpayers through employer contributions.

Here is a listing showing the total benefits paid to retirees in each Minnesota County.

Economic impact of Public Pension Plans in Minnesota


You Win When Your Employees Play Retail Sales Games #dixons #retail


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Play Retail Sales Games With Employees To Put Money in the Cash Register

You rely on your stores employees to keep your retail business running profitably week after week, year after year. And having employees who can really SELL is your key to extraordinary profits.

Your first step is training your retail employees how to sell – it’s not an inborn skill, you have to teach the process. Your next big challenge is to keep them selling at peak performance. Retail sales games are a fun and inexpensive way to inspire your retail sales staff to practice their higher level selling skills. Here are some of our favorites:

This retail sales game goes like this. Pick a day when you want to maximize sales and give the first person who makes a sale a $20 dollar bill to hold (or $10 bill or $50 bill depending on how hard you want your staff to play!) When someone makes a bigger sale they get “passed the buck.” The next time an even larger sale is made the “buck” gets passed again. The person who has the highest sale that day is left holding the buck and gets to take home the $20!

  1. It’s really fun.
  2. It’s super simple.
  3. It encourages lots of add-on sales.
  4. It encourages up-selling.
  5. It rewards great retail sales performance immediately.
  6. It puts more money in the cash register!

This retail sales game has never failed to please our employees or put more money in the register. And it’s so easy you can do it today!

Here’s another great retail sales game from one of our favorite retailers, a flower and candy shop owner. She explains, “Here’s a contest we use on busy days. A large jar is filled with $1 bills. Every time an employee adds-on to a sale, (in our case, balloons, candy, etc.) they get to take a bill from the jar. There is competition to see who can collect the most dollars, while giving everyone a chance to be a winner.”

Love it! Your whole staff is motivated to continue the specific behaviors you’re looking for all day long, with every sale and everybody wins something. Perfect fro training retail employees!

Sales Poker is a slightly more complicated game, but it sure is fun! And it gets great results.

To play Sales Poker you’ll need several decks of playing cards, a bulletin board in the back room that’s big enough to post everyone’s poker hands, and a grand prize. Your prize could be cash, gift certificates to local restaurants, days off with pay, or merchandise.

You’ll also need a list of selling goals you want your employees to achieve with how many cards they get for reaching each goal. The harder the goal, the more cards they get. Here’s a possible list to give you the idea – but be creative and adjust to the specific needs of your store. The level of add-ons and dollars per sale should be higher than your average. You’re trying to push them to do more than normal!

  • Add-on two items – one card
  • Add on three or more items – two cards
  • Sale over $75 – one card
  • Sale over $150 – two cards
  • Sell three clearance items – one card
  • Sell a green-spotted turbo widget – three cards
  • Daily personal sales total of $2400 (or $300 per hour) – three cards

The retail sales game is pretty straightforward from here… each time an employee achieves a retail selling goal they get to draw the number of cards indicated on your list and they post them on the bulletin board under their name. At the end of the game period the person with the best poker hand wins!

Poker is best when played for multiple days, like a weekend or a whole week. That way everyone gets a chance to play and win. One of the great things about poker is that there is some element of luck. Even though the better salespeople will get more cards and therefore have better odds of winning, your top gun salesperson isn’t necessarily a shoe-in to win. That keeps everyone motivated to play and sell.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add money to your bottom line is by training your staff how to sell. You can create your own selling culture by teaching your staff how to sell in your training program or you can create a service culture that sells by teaching the “Six Steps to the Perfect Purchase.”

Visit www.retailsalesacademy.com for details on an effortless way to teach the brand new employee or the seasoned professional how to sell and give your customers the service they deserve.

Without a team of hungry “sales hounds” on your floor you’ll work much harder than necessary to make your retail store profitable. So start right now training your retail employees to be sales superstars and then keep them hungry by playing retail sales games for prizes – you both win!

Give your customers what they really want – a great buying experience every time they visit your store.

Wishing you great sales and lots of fun,


Retail Management Training: 7 Things to Motivate Employees as Much as Money #appliance #retailers


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Retail Management Training: 7 Things to Motivate Employees as Much as Money

Every retail manager or business owner wants to have a team that is hard-working, motivated and focused on attaining the company s sales and profit goals. The good news is that motivating retail sales representatives does not always require throwing money at your team members.

Rewards are only one of the ways to motivate retail employees. Remember that recognition, responsibility, and building relationships also play a key role. With this in mind, here are some of the things we speak about in our retail consulting practice.

1. Be generous with your recognition Everyone wants to know when they are doing a great job yet it is something they often do not hear. Praise every improvement that your team members make and don t forget that praising them in public is even better!

2. Give team members responsibility Whether it is for completing a regular task like checking in orders or cleaning the shelves, busy hands often result in a higher level of energy and the results create pride and ownership in the business results.

3. Make your ideas theirs Sometimes it is all about how you ask people to do something. Instead of telling people what you want done; ask them in a way that will make them feel like they came up with the idea. I d like you to do it this way turns into Do you think it s a good idea if we do it this way?

4. Help them learn Instead of giving a direct reprimand when an employee struggles with a task, the best retail managers know that taking an indirect approach to getting people to improve often works best. Ask your team members Do you have any ideas on how you could do this task differently?

5. Put people in charge of their quota Instead of giving a top-down sales quota, have your team member give you a monthly forecast for their planned results. Coach them that your expectation is that they will always be seeking to improve on past results and that they will be providing you with a plan on how to do so.

6. Give out awards along with your recognition Whether it is giving a shout out to someone at a store meeting; awarding a retail sales rep of the month award; or buying pizza for the team as a reward for achieving a team goal your awards don t have to break the bank.

7. Make it personal Get to know about your team members, their families, interests, and what it important to them. Make sure that you periodically take a few minutes to check in with them to ensure that they are happy in their lifestyle after all the reason they are working is to improve their life!

Would you like to learn more about how to motivate and improve your retail staff? Contact us for a free one-hour consultation and needs analysis or to inquire about our retail management training programs.

– David Goodwin is the principal owner of Retail Advocacy Group. RAG offers consulting services for retailers and also offers retail training solutions through its Retail Training Services subsidiary. You can also learn more about instructor-led, e-learning, and other training solutions for retailers at www.retailertrainingservices.com .

Consultation info


You Win When Your Employees Play Retail Sales Games #container #store #coupons


#retail store for sale

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Play Retail Sales Games With Employees To Put Money in the Cash Register

You rely on your stores employees to keep your retail business running profitably week after week, year after year. And having employees who can really SELL is your key to extraordinary profits.

Your first step is training your retail employees how to sell – it’s not an inborn skill, you have to teach the process. Your next big challenge is to keep them selling at peak performance. Retail sales games are a fun and inexpensive way to inspire your retail sales staff to practice their higher level selling skills. Here are some of our favorites:

This retail sales game goes like this. Pick a day when you want to maximize sales and give the first person who makes a sale a $20 dollar bill to hold (or $10 bill or $50 bill depending on how hard you want your staff to play!) When someone makes a bigger sale they get “passed the buck.” The next time an even larger sale is made the “buck” gets passed again. The person who has the highest sale that day is left holding the buck and gets to take home the $20!

  1. It’s really fun.
  2. It’s super simple.
  3. It encourages lots of add-on sales.
  4. It encourages up-selling.
  5. It rewards great retail sales performance immediately.
  6. It puts more money in the cash register!

This retail sales game has never failed to please our employees or put more money in the register. And it’s so easy you can do it today!

Here’s another great retail sales game from one of our favorite retailers, a flower and candy shop owner. She explains, “Here’s a contest we use on busy days. A large jar is filled with $1 bills. Every time an employee adds-on to a sale, (in our case, balloons, candy, etc.) they get to take a bill from the jar. There is competition to see who can collect the most dollars, while giving everyone a chance to be a winner.”

Love it! Your whole staff is motivated to continue the specific behaviors you’re looking for all day long, with every sale and everybody wins something. Perfect fro training retail employees!

Sales Poker is a slightly more complicated game, but it sure is fun! And it gets great results.

To play Sales Poker you’ll need several decks of playing cards, a bulletin board in the back room that’s big enough to post everyone’s poker hands, and a grand prize. Your prize could be cash, gift certificates to local restaurants, days off with pay, or merchandise.

You’ll also need a list of selling goals you want your employees to achieve with how many cards they get for reaching each goal. The harder the goal, the more cards they get. Here’s a possible list to give you the idea – but be creative and adjust to the specific needs of your store. The level of add-ons and dollars per sale should be higher than your average. You’re trying to push them to do more than normal!

  • Add-on two items – one card
  • Add on three or more items – two cards
  • Sale over $75 – one card
  • Sale over $150 – two cards
  • Sell three clearance items – one card
  • Sell a green-spotted turbo widget – three cards
  • Daily personal sales total of $2400 (or $300 per hour) – three cards

The retail sales game is pretty straightforward from here… each time an employee achieves a retail selling goal they get to draw the number of cards indicated on your list and they post them on the bulletin board under their name. At the end of the game period the person with the best poker hand wins!

Poker is best when played for multiple days, like a weekend or a whole week. That way everyone gets a chance to play and win. One of the great things about poker is that there is some element of luck. Even though the better salespeople will get more cards and therefore have better odds of winning, your top gun salesperson isn’t necessarily a shoe-in to win. That keeps everyone motivated to play and sell.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add money to your bottom line is by training your staff how to sell. You can create your own selling culture by teaching your staff how to sell in your training program or you can create a service culture that sells by teaching the “Six Steps to the Perfect Purchase.”

Visit www.retailsalesacademy.com for details on an effortless way to teach the brand new employee or the seasoned professional how to sell and give your customers the service they deserve.

Without a team of hungry “sales hounds” on your floor you’ll work much harder than necessary to make your retail store profitable. So start right now training your retail employees to be sales superstars and then keep them hungry by playing retail sales games for prizes – you both win!

Give your customers what they really want – a great buying experience every time they visit your store.

Wishing you great sales and lots of fun,


Retail Management Training: 7 Things to Motivate Employees as Much as Money #jeanstar #jeans #retailers


#retail management training

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Retail Management Training: 7 Things to Motivate Employees as Much as Money

Every retail manager or business owner wants to have a team that is hard-working, motivated and focused on attaining the company s sales and profit goals. The good news is that motivating retail sales representatives does not always require throwing money at your team members.

Rewards are only one of the ways to motivate retail employees. Remember that recognition, responsibility, and building relationships also play a key role. With this in mind, here are some of the things we speak about in our retail consulting practice.

1. Be generous with your recognition Everyone wants to know when they are doing a great job yet it is something they often do not hear. Praise every improvement that your team members make and don t forget that praising them in public is even better!

2. Give team members responsibility Whether it is for completing a regular task like checking in orders or cleaning the shelves, busy hands often result in a higher level of energy and the results create pride and ownership in the business results.

3. Make your ideas theirs Sometimes it is all about how you ask people to do something. Instead of telling people what you want done; ask them in a way that will make them feel like they came up with the idea. I d like you to do it this way turns into Do you think it s a good idea if we do it this way?

4. Help them learn Instead of giving a direct reprimand when an employee struggles with a task, the best retail managers know that taking an indirect approach to getting people to improve often works best. Ask your team members Do you have any ideas on how you could do this task differently?

5. Put people in charge of their quota Instead of giving a top-down sales quota, have your team member give you a monthly forecast for their planned results. Coach them that your expectation is that they will always be seeking to improve on past results and that they will be providing you with a plan on how to do so.

6. Give out awards along with your recognition Whether it is giving a shout out to someone at a store meeting; awarding a retail sales rep of the month award; or buying pizza for the team as a reward for achieving a team goal your awards don t have to break the bank.

7. Make it personal Get to know about your team members, their families, interests, and what it important to them. Make sure that you periodically take a few minutes to check in with them to ensure that they are happy in their lifestyle after all the reason they are working is to improve their life!

Would you like to learn more about how to motivate and improve your retail staff? Contact us for a free one-hour consultation and needs analysis or to inquire about our retail management training programs.

– David Goodwin is the principal owner of Retail Advocacy Group. RAG offers consulting services for retailers and also offers retail training solutions through its Retail Training Services subsidiary. You can also learn more about instructor-led, e-learning, and other training solutions for retailers at www.retailertrainingservices.com .

Consultation info