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Present the


ICNJ Spring Workshop


Back-to-back workshops on the hottest issues

facing property casualty insurers in New Jersey.



**Get CE, CLE and CPCU Credits for attending this conference**


AICPCU/IIA Continuing Professional Development Points for CPCUs – Pending (3.5 expected)

New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Credits for Certified Attorneys – Pending (4.2 expected)

Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Credits for Certified Attorneys – Pending (3 expected)

New York Continuing Legal Education Credits for Certified Attorneys – Pending (3 expected)

NJ Dept. of Banking & Insurance Continuing Education Credits for Producers – Pending (3 expected)



Session I

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace


In 2010, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (the Act) was signed into law and the Department of Health established New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP).  There are currently five alternative treatment centers cultivating and dispensing medicinal marijuana and one pending review.  The Act established Patient, Caregiver and Physician Registries and delineated 10 qualifying illnesses.  Since the enactment, several bills, laws and a court case have sought to expand the parameters of the Act that could result in compensable treatments for workers compensation that may be at odds with employers’ drug policies.  For example, Senate Bill No. 2161 requires employers to show a preponderance of evidence that an employee cannot complete their task if they are a medical marijuana patient before any adverse actions may be taken.  A recent NJ workers’ compensation court case (Watson v. 84 Lumber) required reimbursement of an injured worker for medical marijuana, though the opinion is not published or binding on other NJ courts.  And, this past September, Governor Christie signed a law authorizing medical marijuana for PTSD patients, adding this diagnosis as a qualifying illness.


In the face of the State’s opioid epidemic, alternative pain management treatments are proliferating, however, the fact remains that marijuana, even for medicinal use, violates federal law.  A panel of experts will discuss the status of the MMP, the legal implications of expanding the scope and impact of the Act, the considerations for employers, the rights of patients and the challenges present for the workers’ compensation insurance industry.



  • Harry Chowansky, Owner of HC Constructors, Inc. and former
    President of the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association
  • Lawrence K. Eckhouse, Esq., American Insurance Association
  • Richard Flaum, Esq., Chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group
    DiFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Falum, P.C.
  • Scott Rudder, President, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and Vice President/Partner, Burton Trent Public Affairs LLC



Session II

PIP Internal Appeals Procedures


The new PIP Internal Appeals Procedures take effect on April 17th with the goal to create a uniform process to benefit consumers, providers and insurers. The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance anticipates that the new Rules will allow providers to get a rapid review of adverse decisions by insurers on treatment requests and on issues about payment for services, while reducing inefficiency in billing and payment fraud.  All of these variables should eliminate many costly disputes and arbitration proceedings and enhance competition, resulting in downward pressure on private passenger auto insurance rates.  However, will insurers, carriers, vendors, providers and DRPs find the roll-out seamless? What can these stakeholders anticipate during the transition to the new process?  A panel of experts will discuss the challenges that may exist with the new process, identify possible short-term deficiencies to ensure long-term success and how it may impact Arbitration outcomes.



  • Jean Bickal, Assistant Director, Division of Insurance, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
  • Kristen Callaway-Kelly, Managing Partner
    Strategic Practice Solutions
  • Sergio G. Carro, Esq.,  PIP Supervising Attorney, Farmers Insurance
  • Robert A. Cappuzzo, Esq., Partner,  Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
  • Mark T. Connell, Operations Counsel, Forthright
  • Craig Goldstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Consolidated Services Group, Inc./CHN PPO
  • Michael F. Midlige, Esq., Partner, Midlidge Richter, L.L.C.



Friday, May 12, 2017


****New Location****

Forsgate Country Club

375 Forsgate Drive

Monroe, New Jersey


8:30 a.m. (registration)

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (program)


Online Registration is now closed.

Registration is available at the door for $125.

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