North Carolina Industrial Commission Updates
On April 6, 2017, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force held its first organizational meeting to study and recommend solutions for the problems arising from the intersection of the opioid epidemic and related issues in Worker’s Compensation claims. The Task Force has not yet issued a report or timeline for when a report is expected.
On April 24, 2017, Gov. Cooper appointed Judge John Arrowood to the North Carolina Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Douglas McCullough. The appointment of Judge Arrowood took place following Gov. Cooper’s veto of a bill to reduce the size of the Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12 judges. The legislation reduced the number of judges on the Court of Appeals by not replacing incumbent judges whose seats became vacant prior to the expiration of the judge’s term due to death, resignation, retirement, impeachment, or removal.
Gov. Cooper nominated Deputy Commissioner Philip Baddour to a six-year term as the next Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Commissioner Bernadine Ballance’s term ended on April 30, 2017. The Baddour nomination is subject to confirmation by the North Carolina General Assembly and, as of April 26, 2017, the General Assembly had not yet approved Deputy Commissioner Baddour’s appointment.
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 through Friday, October 6, 2017. The Industrial Commission announced a Twitter account that will provide updates on breaking news and important announcements from the Commission. Twitter @IC_NC_GOV.