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SAIF board appoints new chair, welcomes new member - 06/11/18

Summary: Board welcomes John Mohlis and elects Jeff Stone as new board chair

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On June 6, the SAIF board of directors voted to elect Jeff Stone board chair and Krishna Balasubramani vice chair. Board member Jenny Ulum has served as board chair since 2014 and will remain on the board; Stone was elected vice chair in 2017.

In addition, the board welcomed John Mohlis. Mohlis’s appointment to the board was approved by the Oregon State Senate in May, as part of a vote on a number of governor appointments.

Stone is executive director and CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville. Prior to joining OAN, Stone worked as chief of staff to the Metro Council and as an advisor to U.S. Senator Bob Packwood.

Balasubramani is a partner in the firm Sather, Byerly and Holloway, LLP, in Portland. Prior to joining Sather, Byerly and Holloway in 1996, he was a pro tem administrative law judge for the Workers' Compensation Board.

Mohlis served as the executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council. He also served for five years on the workers’ compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC), three terms as a commissioner on the Portland Development Commission, and two terms on the Oregon State Apprenticeship Council.

Mohlis’ appointment comes after the retirement of Kevin Jensen, former business manager for Ironworkers Local 29 in Portland, who served on the board since 2014.

SAIF's board represents a cross-section of the workers' comp system, appointed by the governor to four-year terms. They represent organized labor, policyholders, the legal profession, and associations. The other board members are Ulum, a public relations executive in Eugene, and Maurice Rahming, president of O'Neill Electric in Portland.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

SAIF hires Laura Robison as Chief Actuarial Officer - 06/04/18

Laura Robison, FCAS, MAAA, will be joining SAIF in September, as chief actuarial officer.

In her new role, Robison will manage the loss reserving process, oversee ratemaking and rate filing, and manage SAIF’s reinsurance program, among other duties.

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura to SAIF to lead our actuary team,” said Kerry Barnett, president and CEO at SAIF. “She’s a proven leader, with broad expertise in the public and private sectors. We particularly admire her dedication to the state of Oregon, and look forward to bringing her expertise on board.”

Robison currently serves as the chief financial officer at Oregon Health Authority, and previously served as the insurance commissioner, chief actuary, and administrator within the Division of Financial Regulation in the State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Before that, Laura worked as a consulting actuary for Willis Towers Watson in San Francisco, as an underwriting manager for Applied Underwriters in Foster City, Calif., and as an actuarial analyst for Liberty Mutual Group in Boston. 

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Boston University. She is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. 

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Parents: Don't forget this safety talk with your teens - 05/31/18

Summary: Young workers have higher rates of injuries on the job. Empower them to speak up for their own safety.

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This time of year, many Oregon teens are reaching an important milestone: their first job. But as they take on more independence and responsibility, they should feel empowered to speak up for their own safety.

“Getting a first job can feel very grownup, and teens want to show that they’re professional and up for the task at hand,” said Courtnay Slabaugh, training supervisor at SAIF. “But an important part of work is feeling safe and making good decisions—it’s critical parents have that conversation with their kids.”

In Oregon, workers between the ages of 15 and 25 have higher rates of workplace injuries than their older counterparts—and most injuries occur within the first 12 months of employment.

Slabaugh recommends three things for parents to discuss with their teens about work:

  • Keep an eye out for hazards. It’s easy to assume the workspace has been cleared of hazards, but something could have been missed. Keep a look out for hazardous conditions or actions. 
  • Feel empowered to speak up. You can stop work and speak up if you are in a situation that feels unsafe. Request training or personal protective equipment to help you do your job more safely.
  • Know your rights. There are additional rules and regulations that apply to young workers—more information can be found on the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website.

SAIF recently sponsored a video contest put on by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). The winning entry, from Eden McCall of Sprague High School, focused on the importance of speaking up as young workers. View her video and videos from all the finalists. 

More information can be found at saif.com/youngworkers.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.