Don't Go Bare! The Downside of Not Having Workers Compensation Insurance
Jeff Howell & Rickey Strong
Tuesday, August 3rd
Breakout Session 7
10:15 am - 11:15 am
An overview of the basics of Florida Workers’ Compensation Law encompassing legal requirements of coverage, principles of liability, benefits available, risks and defenses available to employers. The presentation will be geared to ALF supervisors, managers, and owners, with a special emphasize on how to avoid common mistakes employers make when dealing with on the job illness or injury.
Many employers go without coverage and there are risks involved in making this decision. Additionally, for those with workers compensation coverage it is important for ALF executives to know about requirements for reporting an accident, possible defenses to a claim, prohibitions on employer discrimination for those that report and injury, what constitutes a compensable on the job injury or illness, and what can be done to prevent or mitigate exposure for workers compensation liability. This course is timely because some emphasis will be put on the impact of Covid-19 in the workplace.
Jeffrey S. Howell is a partner in the law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong in Tallahassee with branch offices in Orlando, Sarasota and Tampa. He practices health care law and civil litigation. He is a former hospital C.E.O. with additional experience in managing home health agencies and rural health clinics. Mr. Howell is the former Counsel to the Senate Health Care Committee of the Florida Legislature.
Since 2002, Jeff has served as an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the Department of Healthcare Management at Florida A&M University, where he teaches health law and health policy. In 1999, Mr. Howell successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature for increased funding for upgraded capital improvements to 26 rural hospitals. Mr. Howell represents clients statewide, with particular emphasis on health facility regulation, licensure/disciplinary representation of licensed health care professionals, Medicaid overpayment disputes, employment litigation and governmental affairs. Mr. Howell graduated in 1985 from Florida State University with a BS in Political Science and in 1988 from the Cumberland School of Law, at Samford University.
Rickey Strong is a 2001 graduate of Florida State University. He also earned his MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005 and his law degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida in 2008.
Rickey spent years as in-house legal counsel for the Florida Department of Health. During his time with the Department, he provided legal counsel for the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine (ULA), Medical Professional Licensing, Vital Statistics, Public Health, Disease Control, Environmental Health, and Epidemiology. Additionally, Rickey reviewed, and edited contractual agreements entered into by the state Health Department. He was certified by the state as a contract’s manager, taught the legal portion for state certification for Contract Managers.
Throughout his career, Rickey has provided legal counsel in health care and health care facility licensing through the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). Rickey also has experience in real estate law, including holding a real estate license since 1999.
Rickey is a member of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar, he is admitted to all state courts in Florida as well as the U.S. Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida.