The Ky. mileage reimbursement rate for January of 2016 through March of 2016 is 39 cents per mile.

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As we previously reported in December, former Gov. Steve Beshear had appointed Tyra Redus to replace ALJ William Rudloff. Why then is former state Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore, taking Rudloff’s place?

Newly elected Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order soon after taking office in December rescinding Beshear’s appointment, Jack Brammer reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL). Bevin’s order said Redus had withdrawn from the appointment. The LHL reported that Redus did not respond to a request for comment; only Pullin could be reached by the LHL for comment.

“There will be some traveling in the job for hearings but not as much as in the legislature,” Pullin — who lives in South Shore, in northeastern Kentucky — told the LHL. “Given my family status, that is appealing to me.”

Pullin’s workers’ compensation background is unknown. It does not appear she has ever practiced before the Department of Workers’ Claims. Pullin’s biography indicates she last practiced law in 1997 with Baker & McKenzie out of the firm’s Hong Kong office. No standard legal directories make mention of her current legal practice.

Pullin’s appointment as an ALJ and her departure from the House follows a series of similar appointments that Bevin, a Republican, has made of House Democrats, leading pundits to theorize that Republicans are poised to take over that state legislative chamber for the first time since 1921.

Tyra Latrice Redus has been appointed ALJ to replace William J. Rudloff, whose term has expired.  She will serve for a term expiring December 31, 2019. Ms. Redus’ LinkedIn profile indicates she is presently the Executive Director of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development.  She has previously worked as a staff attorney III with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and as an associate attorney for U’Sellis & Kitchen.

The DWC has released the 2016 benefit schedule and the 2016 present worth table. Both can be accessed from the home page.

Prior to leaving office, Governor Beshear made the following reappointments:

To the Workers’ Compensation Board:  Rebekkah Rechter

To the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee:  Robert Carlisle, Brockton Edwards and Grover Arnett

FROM THE DWC -The Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to make nomination for one Administrative Law Judge and one Workers’ Compensation Board member for the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims.  The Administrative Law Judge position term will expire December 31, 2019.  The Workers’ Compensation Board member position term will expire January 4, 2020.  These are full-time positions and appointees shall not hold any other public office or maintain any private practice.

Applicants for the Administrative Law Judge position must be licensed attorneys and must have five (5) years experience in the Commonwealth in the practice of workers’ compensation law or a related field and extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation law [KRS 342.230(3)].  The salary to be paid is that of a Circuit Court Judge.

Applicants for the Workers’ Compensation Board Member position must be a licensed attorney for a minimum of eight (8) years and must have the qualifications required of an Appeals Court Judge, except for residence in a district, and shall receive the same salary and shall be subject to the same standards of conduct.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE FRANKFORT OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKERS’ CLAIMS ON OR BEFORE NOON, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT TIME WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applications must clearly state the desire to be considered for the Administrative Law Judge position or the Workers’ Compensation Board position.  Interested parties are required to send one original resume, along with a cover letter containing an e-mail address, to the attention of Brenda Majcher, Nominating Commission Clerk, Department of Workers’ Claims, 657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky  40601.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Majcher at (502) 782-4439 or

Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry or veteran status in the admission or access to, or participation or employment in, its programs or services.


Governor Beshear has reappointed R. Scott Borders, Grant Roark, Chris Davis, Doug Gott, Jonathan Weatherby, Greg Allen and Udell Levy as administrative law judges. However, he rejected the Nominating Commission’s recommendation for retention of William Rudloff.

The Kentucky DWC’s proposed online litigation management system (LMS) is in the works and is expected to be functioning at least as a beta version some time in the near future.  It has encountered some hurdles from members of the workers’ compensation bar resistant to this much needed change in the administration of workers’ compensation claims.  Hopefully those dissident voices will be eventually ignored so that this necessary technology can be launched. To learn more about the LMS, visit this link.

Frankfort – The Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission has recommended the retention of eight ALJs, whose appointments will soon expire.  Those judges are:  J. Gregory Allen, R. Scott Borders, Marc C. Davis, Douglas W. Gott, Udell B. Levy, Grant S. Roark, William J. Rudloff and Jonathan R. Weatherby. It will be up to the Governor now to extend some or all of those appointments.

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