Valerie Johnson spoke at the NCATL's 2007 Workplace Torts and Workers Comp CLE, held in Chapel Hill. Hank Patterson was also one of the program's co-chairs. Valerie's presentation topic and paper was New Developments in the Interaction Between North Carolina State Employee Benefits and the Workers' Compensation System.
Summary: Although the interaction between the state employee benefits system and the workers' compensation system has some points of friction that have been the source of litigation, as a general rule, the two systems fit together fairly neatly. This paper provides a broad overview of the benefits available to state employees from the State and discusses how the receipt of workers' compensation benefits would affect these benefits. Finally, it discusses how the careful structuring of settlements can mitigate or avoid offsets of workers' compensation benefits against benefits from the State.