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Maryland Adjuster Continuing Education Update

Effective January 1, 2020, pursuant to new § 10-116(a)(2), an insurance producer shall complete required continuing education not later than 15 days before the expiration date of the insurance producer’s license.

Additionally, effective January 1, 2020, pursuant to new § 10-408(e)(2), a public adjuster shall complete the required continuing education not later than 30 days before the expiration date of the public adjuster’s license.

Should you have any questions concerning this new requirement, contact Beverly Grant, Assistant Director of Producer Licensing, by email at beverly.grant@maryland.gov or by telephone at 410- 468-2386. A

New Hours and Ethics Requirement for New Hampshire Adjusters

New Hampshire Law RSA 402-B:5a  will be increasing the continuing education requirement for NH resident and Non-Resident Claim Adjusters that designate NH their home state effective January 1, 2020.

NH is adopting the NAIC standard of 24 credit hours with a minimum of 3 credit hours of ethics.

To contact the state with questions, please notify Joan.LaCourse@ins.nh.gov or by phone 603-271-2964 or 603-271-3257

 

OK Removes Flood Coverage CE Requirement

As of September 15, 2019, the 1 hour continuing education requirement for flood will no longer be effective.

License renewals processed prior to September 15 will continue to be required to complete the 1 hour CE requirement on flood coverage.

License renewals processed after September 15 will not be required to obtain the 1 hour of CE requirement on flood coverage.

For questions contact the OK Education Division at education@oid.ok.gov.

Georgia CLE Sponsor Fee Reduced

Georgia CLE Sponsor Fee has been reduced to $4 per CLE hour per attendee effective July 1, 2019

For courses held after June 30, 2019, and for distance learning courses attended after June 30, 2019, the sponsor fee has been reduced from $5 per CLE hour per attendee to $4 per CLE hour per attendee.

New Sponsor Fee Regulation – effective July 1, 2019

Regulation (1) to Rule 8-103 (C)

(1) Sponsor Fee. The Sponsor fee, a charge paid directly by the sponsor, is required for all approved programs held within Georgia and for distance learning programs attended by Georgia attorneys. It is optional for approved programs held elsewhere. Sponsors shall remit the fee, together with a list showing the names and Georgia Bar membership numbers of all Georgia attendees, within thirty (30) days after the program is held. The amount of the fee is set at $4.00 per approved CLE hour per active State Bar of Georgia member in attendance. It is computed as shown in the following example:

Example:
Georgia per hour per attendee CLE Fee $4
Multiplied by total approved CLE hours x 3 hours
Multiplied by number of GA attorney attendees x 10 attendees
Equals the total sponsor fee due $120 sponsor fee

Note: The sponsor fee is based on the total number of approved CLE hours with no additional fee for professionalism, ethics or trial hours.

Nebraska Begins CE Course Renewal Process

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, the Nebraska Department of Insurance transitioned to the newest version of State
Based Systems (SBS), a web-based NAIC application that supports state insurance regulation functions.  As part of this transition, Nebraska courses will now expire 4 years after the approval date.  Beginning January 1, 2019, an approved course for CE shall be for a four year period.  Any course approved prior to January 1, 2019 shall expire January 1, 2020 or four years after the approval date, whichever is later.

Florida DFS Instructors Application Changes

The process for accrediting Florida instructors has changed.  Instructors now need to be “registered” in Florida instead of going through an application and qualification process.  Unfortunately, the registration process does still require the  submission of SSN’s and DOB and basic demographic information.

Once submitted, the instructor will be issued a an instructor ID number from the State.  The instructor ID is required when conducting  a CE program as it is used for course offering and certificates.

Instructors are no longer approved for specific course authorities.  The responsibility has been placed on the CE provider to determine if the instructor is qualified to present each topic.

Conferences are excluded from this instructor requirement.

LINK to the Florida Division of Insurance for submitting instructor applications.

Illinois MCLE Board Announcement

Beginning July 1, 2019, the MCLE Board will collect information on individual attorney’s course attendance data. PCAM’s attendance pages will be modified to collect this information.  That means that each CLE provider will need to input into PCAM information about each Illinois-licensed attorney participating in a course or activity, including the attorney’s Illinois registration number (known as ARDC number), number of general hours and number of specific professional responsibility credits earned.

If an attorney is audited, the Board will have the attorney’s course attendance information directly from course providers. We anticipate that this information will make the audit process more streamlined for attorneys, course providers and the Board.

What does this mean for future CLE programs:  Illinois Attorneys will be REQUIRED to provide their license numbers so that the CLE provider can report this information to the MCLE Board.

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/ArtVII.htm#c

 

Tennessee Certified Work Comp Adjuster Program

The TN Bureau of Workers’ Compensation wants to ensure that injured workers return to their health and to their jobs as quickly as possible.  To help meet these goals, an Adjuster Certification Program was developed to educate adjusters about the requirements of Tennessee’s workers’ compensation laws, rules and regulations. The purpose of this program is two-fold: assure that injured employees are treated fairly, and to assure that Tennessee workers’ compensation claims are handled in an appropriate and uniform manner.

The program is conducted by Bureau staff including judges, program directors, and the assistant administrator. Training sessions are offered periodically through the year. Insurance adjusters who attend the two-day class, and then pass a final exam can be recognized by the Bureau as “certified”. This designation indicates a higher level of understanding of Tennessee’s workers’ compensation claims handling standards, the time frames for providing benefits and the improved communications that result from early and continued contact with each person involved in the claim. This designation can also prove to be a marketing advantage for adjusters and the carriers/Third Party Administrators as employers looking to obtain workers’ compensation insurance will be able to access the list of certified adjusters and certified adjusting entities.

CE is NOT required.  An adjuster’s certification expires 24 months from the date of designation. Notice will be sent to certified adjusters at least thirty calendar days prior to the expiration of their certification.

More information can be found on the Bureau site: HERE

 

Colorado Supreme Court Ending Reciprocity for CLE Reporting

Colorado currently has reciprocity with any mandatory CLE state.  The CO Supreme Course office policy on reciprocity will end this year.  After December 31, 2018, they will not allow attorneys to report credits through reciprocity, unless they were completed by December 31, 2018.   Beginning January 1, 2019, all CLE credits being reported must be for programs accredited in Colorado.

Check for updates at CO Continuing Legal Information:  https://coloradosupremecourt.com/Current%20Lawyers/Cle.asp