Workers' Comp Forum

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Doubletree Hotel in Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188

Approach Management Services has assembled a team of industry experts to share latest information on workers’ compensation risk management.

The day includes breakfast, lunch and a few surprises – don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and connect with other risk managers from across the state.

This event is underwritten by Approach Management Services for our clients and invited guests.


8:00 am      Doors Open and Continental Breakfast Begins
8:30 am      Welcome and Introduction
8:35 am      Building a Culture of Workplace Safety
8:45 am      Bouldering Challenging Claims: Strategies for Fair Resolutions and Fraud Prevention
10:30 am    Break (15 minutes)
10:45 am    Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
12:00 am    Lunch (45 minutes)
12:45 pm    Employee Handbooks: The Legal Landmine
2:00 pm      Closing





Building a Culture of Workplace Safety

The day will kick-off with a focus on safety. Approach has invited Brent Brown from Axiom Construction to talk about their company’s key safety initiatives responsible for their enviable safety program. Axiom Construction boasts the lowest Experience Modification Rate of any employer in Washington. Brent will cover how his company’s safety culture enhances their organizational performance and share practical tips to apply in your own organization.


Brent Brown is the Education/Safety Manager at Axiom Construction.


Bouldering Your Way Through Challenging Claims: Strategies for Fair Resolutions and Fraud Prevention

In this session, you will learn how to develop strategies to fight fraud by obtaining evidence necessary for a fair outcome to protect your company. The presenters will discuss how to identify potential high impact claims early, including brain injuries, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Janine Tang will also cover the challenges of the new IME recording law you should know.




Dr. Russell Vandenbelt, MD of Psychiatry, practices psychiatry and family medicine in Bellevue, WA.

Janine Tang, Attorney, Javelin Law, focuses her practice on Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law.

Charlotte Smith is Managing Attorney and Founding Member of Javelin Law. She advocates for employers on Workers’ Compensation, WISHA and Employment Law issues.


Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious and growing program in the workplace. In this session you will learn how to spot warning signs and what to do in a crisis from Karen Forner. Mike Ellis will share his company’s journey to a holistic approach to the health and wellness of their workforce and how they incorporate mental health and suicide prevention as an important part of their safety program.




Mike Ellis, Corporate Safety Director of Apollo, has more than 30 years in the construction industry, oversees over 40 safety professionals in 7 states with nearly 3000 employees.

Karen G. Forner, Founder and Attorney at Employer Solutions Law, advises employers on workers’ compensation, workplace safety (WISHA/DOSH/OSHA), wage and hour, prevailing wage, and employment law issues.


Employee Handbooks: The Legal Landmine

Employee handbooks can be useful tools in the workplace. A good handbook will communicate expectations and resources to employees, and also help employers comply with applicable laws. However, if a handbook is not done right, it can create legal risks for employers. In this session, Brittney discusses common errors employers make related to handbooks, required employment policies for Washington employers, and how to handle violations of policies.


Brittney Rivers, Attorney, Ashbaugh Beal, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and Litigation.



Register before April 22nd. This event is expected to be full; only serious RSVPs please.