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Continuing Legal Education - Voluntary Binding Review

1 Credit Hour

Starting in February, the Board will be offering a 1 credit CLE presentation on a new administrative appeals process, Voluntary Binding Review (VBR). VBR is an alternative appeals process, which enables parties (represented injured workers, insurers, and self-insured employers) to an administrative review, to collectively and voluntarily agree to apply to enter into an alternate appeals process, which would expedite the resolution over disputed compensation.

Currently, the only method available to injured workers, employers, and insurers for resolving a dispute about a determination of compensation by a Workers' Compensation Law Judge is to file for administrative review, and wait for the decision by the three-member panel per WCL 23. VBR offers a way to resolve applications for administrative review in an accelerated timeframe, when the decision concerns issues that can be distilled to a monetary value, such as the amount of compensation.

During this presentation, David Wertheim, Associate Counsel and Director of the Office of Issue Resolution, and Eric London, Director of the Conciliation Bureau, will describe all components of VBR to ensure that attorneys understand how to use this new appeals process, and explore ways of identifying appropriate cases that may lend themselves to this process. This is an excellent opportunity for attorneys to learn how this new tool can help expedite certain appeals.

*If you plan on attending a CLE course, please email Outreach@wcb.ny.gov and indicate the location of the CLE you plan on attending. This presentation is only available to attorneys and licensed hearing representatives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduction of VBR
  2. VBR Process Overview
  3. Parameters of Acceptance
  4. VBR Scenarios
  5. Question and Answers

The Buffalo and Rochester CLE dates have been rescheduled to the dates in the chart below.

CLE Schedule
Date Time Location Address
2/9/16 12:00pm 1:30pm Syracuse District Office 935 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
Room: 239
2/11/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Albany District Office Riverview Center
150 Broadway
Suite #195
Menands, NY 12204
Room 117
3/7/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Hauppauge District Office 220 East Rabro Drive
Suite 100
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Room 113-A
3/8/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Queens District Office 168-46 91st Avenue
3rd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Room 325
3/16/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Brooklyn District Office 111 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
19th Floor
Room 1917
3/17/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Manhattan District Office 215 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
5th Floor
Room 509/511
4/5/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Binghamton District Office State Office Building
44 Hawley Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
18th Floor
Room 1801
4/26/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Buffalo District Office Ellicott Square Building
295 Main Street
Suite 400, Room 438
Buffalo, NY 14203
4/27/16 12:00pm-1:30pm Rochester District Office 130 Main Street West
Rochester, NY 14614
Room: Basement Conference Room