National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference Update 2020: Connection in Uncertain Times

Given the realities of the evolving pandemic crisis, it’s too soon to speculate on the viability of any in-person conference in 2020, and the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® — National Comp — is no exception.

We can tell you with certainty that we have a fantastic event planned for October. Whether we connect in Chicago, or whether it happens through the robust digital and virtual experience we’re building this year, we’re planning a program designed for these unique times, because our need for connection has never been more urgent.

There are unprecedented difficulties ahead. We will face the challenge together.

No matter when and how the world finds its way to a new normal, our challenges will be great. In the shadow of economic upheaval, how do we get recovery right? How do we return people to work safely? How do we manage employees too fearful for their safety to return to work and injured workers too anxious about exposure to venture out to their treating physicians? How do we simultaneously solve for the safety of workers with rusty skills, or workers doing unfamiliar jobs because their old jobs have dissolved?

On the claims side, gray areas remain on whether COVID-19 claims are compensable under workers’ comp, and under what circumstances. But those who must deny such claims will face backlash from a public fiercely protective of the pandemic’s heroes, our essential workers.

We face mounting challenges that have no precedent in the modern era, the only way through it is together. It’s never been more vital that we come together as an industry to share our strength and to exchange ideas and solutions.

We're committed to helping guide the way forward, in 2020 and beyond.

Rest assured that we will meet again, in person. Whether it happens this year in Chicago or next year in Las Vegas remains to be seen. Either way, though, we have exciting updates and changes to share.

The National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference – National Comp – has a new management team, with the Risk & Insurance team taking the helm.

Both National Comp and Risk & Insurance are now under the ownership of The Institutes, the leading provider of risk management and property-casualty insurance education. The Institutes shares our mission of providing vital risk management and risk finance knowledge to the workers’ comp community.

We look forward to bringing attendees a conference experience that’s energized and modernized. We’ve refocused our content to give attendees more of the practical ideas and solutions they need as their roles and challenges evolve.

New for 2020: Educational tracks built for the issues we face today.

As a key part of revitalizing our educational content, we developed new session tracks to better reflect what the industry needs now and moving forward. Tracks designated for Medical Management/Pharmaceuticals, Legal/Regulatory and Claims/Return to Work will be familiar to returning attendees. These tracks will now be presented alongside:

  • Insurance/Risk Finance, highlighting ways employers can more effectively partner with brokers and insurers to enhance their risk mitigation as well as leverage the best risk transfer strategies to meet their needs.
  • Injury Prevention, presenting the freshest ideas on mitigating injury risks, fostering a strong safety culture, measuring results and getting the executive buy-in they need to support their efforts.
  • Steal These Ideas!, featuring real-world solutions employers are using right now and achieving measurable results, with peer-to-peer guidance on lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid.
  • Career and Industry, designed to spark conversations about recruitment and retention, about furthering diversity and about the skills and expertise an evolving industry needs.

This year, we’re also making room in the expo hall for new energy, new ideas and a new venue for sharing and learning. Comp Talks is a dynamic series of short-form talks, on a broad range of topics selected to benefit, enlighten or inspire attendees.

The expo hall has also been redesigned as Connect HQ, a robust hub for learning, sharing, networking and advancing the workers' compensation industry at a time when we need it most. together.

Connect HQ is more than a marketplace, it's where people connect. We've maximized opportunities for networking, engagement and the flow of ideas. We're committed to bringing attendees the best solutions the industry has to offer, as well as the opportunity to connect with experts and peers to learn and share new approaches to today's toughest challenges.

Look forward to updates from National Comp in the days to come. Whether in-person or virtual, we have a lot in store for 2020 as we face what comes next, together. &


about the conference
  • Date: October 21-23
  • Place: McCormick Place, Chicago, or through a brand-new virtual experience
  • All sessions delivered by senior executives from leading organizations
  • Exclusive inside looks at industry-transforming trends
  • Earn recertification credits