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Series of Workers’ Compensation Workshops Announced for Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers

12/6/2005

CONTACT:
Tami Torres or Bob Lotane
(850) 413-2842           
 
TALLAHASSEE – Tom Gallagher, Florida's chief financial officer, today announced a series of town hall workshops to give employers and employees an update on the state's workers' compensation system and to answer questions about recent rate reductions.  The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is located within the Department of Financial Services which Gallagher oversees.
 
The workshops will be held in Ft. Myers on December 13th, in Tampa on December 14th and in Orlando on December 15th.  All of the sessions will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
"Meaningful reforms, more aggressive investigation of workers' compensation fraud and compliance efforts have led to dramatic savings for Florida's businesses," Gallagher said.  "But we must continue to improve the system for our small businesses and our workers."
 
Gallagher spearheaded the passage of Senate Bill 50A in 2003 that reformed the state's workers' compensation system, including tougher penalties for workers' compensation fraud and premium evasion.  This year's decrease in workers' compensation insurance rates will be the third consecutive drop in rates since the bill's passage, for a total savings of nearly $1 billion since 2003.
 
To register for the meeting, got to www.fldfs.com/wc and click on the "WC Town Hall Registration" icon.
 
The workshops will be held on:
Tuesday, December 13th in Ft. Myers
Florida Gulf Coast University
Student Union Ballroom
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Wednesday, December 14th in Tampa
Embassy Suites - USF/Busch Gardens
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
 
Thursday, December 15th in Orlando
City of Orlando, City Hall Council Chamber Room, 2nd floor
400 S. Orange Avenue

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Gallagher also serves as the State Fire Marshal.