The recent shift in West Virginia’s workers’compensation policies to a free market system will be the main topic of a workshop offered by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Friday, June 23.

�€?The West Virginia Worker’s Compensation&Employee Health Benefits Workshop�€? will be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel (formerly Radisson) in Morgantown from 8 a.m.4 p.m.

�€?The workshop will be useful to all employers, especially those operating small businesses,�€? said Dr. Terry Rose, Ernest L. Hogan Chair of Finance and director of the Fred Wright Center for Insurance and Financial Services at WVU . �€?It will also benefit those who offer services to employers, including insurance agents, brokers and lawyers.�€?

Speakers include Gregory Burton, president and CEO of BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company and previous executive director of the Worker’s Compensation Commission; Henry Bowen, of Steptoe&Johnson PLLC , executive secretary of West Virginia Self-Insurer’s Association; Dennis Kokulak, state relations executive for NCCI Holdings, Inc.; Jack Grimm, executive vice president of City Insurance Professionals City National Bank in Charleston; and Corey Palumbo, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and attorney with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff&Love, LLP . Professionals who attend the workshop will be able to obtain continuing education credit.

The Spencer Educational Foundation Executive-in-Residence Program shares sponsorship of the workshop with the College and the Wright Center .

Cost of the workshop is $175 if registering before June 9; $200 after that. A registration form is available

For more information, call 304-293-7890, or e-mail . A special room rate of $89 at the Waterfront Place Hotel is available if reserved by June 9. To book, call 304-296-1700 and ask for a room reserved under the �€?Workers’Compensation Workshop�€?.