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July 2018 Notices     Go back to Notices
We are closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
13 The 2018 ASC Fee Guide was revised 7/2/18 to reflect the Final CMS ASC fee rates.
9 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Commissioner Jacques Leeds, Jr. on July 1, 2018. Commissioner Leeds was appointed by Governor Harry R. Hughes, serving from 5/9/1986 until his retirement on January 4, 1998.  A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st at the Diamonds Ball Room, 9980 Liberty Road, Baltimore, MD. Please see the following link for more details -
5 Pursuant to L&E 9-638, the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) effective January 1, 2019 is 1.29%.
The updated MDWCC COLA document can be accessed from our Workers' Compensation Rates page.
2 We are happy to welcome our new Commissioner, James R. Forrester.

James R. Forrester was appointed a member of the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2018 by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business and School of Law. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1995 and a Juris Doctor in 1998, with honors. In 1999, he joined the Law Offices of Ileen M. Ticer as an Associate Claims Attorney. Thereafter, he joined Semmes Bowen & Semmes, P.C. in the firm's Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Department, having been elected a Principal in 2009. Throughout his years in legal practice, Commissioner Forrester has concentrated in the area of workers’ compensation, appearing before all levels of the judiciary in the State of Maryland. He is also licensed and practiced in the District of Columbia and served as President and Member of the Executive Board of the Baltimore Claims Association as well as the Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Maryland Defense Counsel. He also serves in a leadership role with several civic organizations.