Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Center for Workforce Education at Fairmont State and its regional West Virginia Small Business Development Center are supporting the region's upcoming Employer Information Exchange Sessions on Workers' Compensation.

A seminar titled "Workers" Compensation: Upcoming Changes and Reducing Your Rate" will be offered in two sessions. The first session will be Tuesday, April 26, in Room 148 of the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg. The second session will be Wednesday, April 27, at the FS Center for Workforce Education at Veterans Square, 320 Adams St., Suite-GO1, Fairmont. Both sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost for each session is $25. This event is being planned in partnership with The Region VI Business Center and its WORKFORCE West Virginia Centers.

The April 26 and 27 sessions will focus on legislative changes in Workers' Compensation and reducing rates through risk-reduction efforts. David Casto, Director of Safety and Loss Control, and Lisa Smith, Ombudsman, specializing in small business matters for the Workers' Compensation Commission, will be leading the information exchange sessions. They will also be joined by safety and risk reduction experts who can confidentially answer specific questions and provide technical support.

"All employers need to be aware of the major changes in Workers' Comp that will occur beginning in January 2006," said Paul Schreffler, Fairmont State Director for Economic Development and Workforce Education. "This workshop will help companies understand how they will be affected, as well as to identify how they can begin to put into place programs that can reduce their rates."

The Region VI Business Center is the Workforce Investment Board's employer component for the 13-county region.

For more information, call the Business Center at (304) 292-5568. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space at either of the sessions.