J.R. Boyd’s Tenure as WILG President Coming to an End

After a fulfilling and eventful year at the helm, Injury Board member J.R. Boyd’s tenure as president of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) is soon coming to an end.

A member since its inception in 1995, Boyd, of Kansas City, Mo.-based Boyd & Kenter, P.C., has dedicated himself to the nonprofit, a network of like-minded advocates for workers’ rights, while sharing information and knowledge, developing a sense of commitment and kinship, and networking to help each other and their clients.

WILG represents injured workers in a variety of different forums, including on Capitol Hill, at various state legislatures and regulatory bodies, with the media and the courts in the form of amicus briefs. The organization focuses its attention on issues, including state workers’ compensation, federal workers’ compensation, Defense Base Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act, veteran’s rights and more.

Over the past 12 months, Boyd has traveled the U.S. educating the public, colleagues and key decision makers on issues related to injured workers:

In April 2012, Boyd and WILG members traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby on the Medicare Set Asides and Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) reform bills. Boyd met with U.S. senators and representatives in hope of gaining support for the bills, which would ultimately up the chances for a vote on the floor.

Recently, WILG hosted a one-off symposium in Chicago acknowledging the 40th Anniversary of National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws, which had been empowered decades ago by President Nixon to study state workmen’s comp programs and their inadequacy related to care for injured workers. Roughly 100 guests attended the symposium, including several key members of the 1972 Commission.

WILG has helped states from coast-to-coast with information, white papers and other legislative battles, in further efforts to deform workers’ compensation.

For further information regarding WILG, visit the WILG website or contact J.R Boyd.

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