Agenda Item # _____

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

07/29/2014

Agenda Report # _______


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Legal Services for Workers’ Compensation

INITIATED BY: Anne-Marie Amiel, Risk Manager/Reather Hollowell, HR Director



Recommendation: Approval is requested for payment of attorneys’ fees which may be incurred for legal services rendered regarding workers’ compensation issues during Fiscal Year 2015.

Background: In the past, fees for legal services were included under claims costs and billed as such by the TPA. For purposes of tracking costs the City now separates out fees from direct claims expenses. Authorization for payment of those expenses is now requested.

Analysis: The law firms identified in the Resolution are among the best workers’ compensation defense firms in the State of Georgia. Both firms have agreed to provide services to CCG at the same rate currently in effect.

Financial Considerations: None.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: None.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney's office has approved the language of this Resolution.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the Resolution for payment of workers’ compensation legal expenses that may be incurred in Fiscal Year 2015.

A RESOLUTION

NO._______



A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES WHICH MAY BE INCURRED FOR LEGAL SERVICES RENDERED REGARDING WORKERS COMPENSATION ISSUES DURING FISCAL YEAR 2015.
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NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the Risk Manager and Finance Director are hereby authorized to pay attorney fees to Todd Handelman, Gardner Willis Sweat & Handelman, and/or Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele which may be incurred for legal services rendered regarding workers’ compensation issues during Fiscal Year 2015. Funds are available in the FY15 Budget: Risk Management Workers’ Compensation Contractual Services: 0860-220-3820-6319.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 29th day of July, 2014 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting ____________.
Councilor Baker voting ____________.
Councilor Barnes voting ____________.
Councilor Davis voting ____________.
Councilor Henderson voting ____________.
Councilor Huff voting ____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting ____________.
Councilor Pugh voting ____________.
Councilor Thomas voting ____________.
Councilor Woodson voting ____________.




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SANDRA T. DAVIS, DEPUTY CLERK TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON, MAYOR