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Labor Commission Employees Win in Two Categories for the Governor's Awards for Excellence

by Sherrie Hayashi, Commissioner

Salt Lake City, UT - I am very pleased to announce that the Labor Commission has won in TWO categories for the Governor's Award for Excellence.

Alan Hennebold - Outstanding Public Service Award: Alan has served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the Labor Commission since 1994. Since that time, he has been the legal voice for the Commission. Anyone who has worked with Alan knows that he has the innate ability to synthesize and distill any issue to very concrete concepts. This ability enables Alan to exhibit the highest standards of excellence as Commission management and legal counsel in many ways: administrative rules, legislation, legal decisions issued by the Commission and appellate work before the Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court. The Commission has a 93% success rate on appellate work. These cases shape the landscape of workers compensation in the State of Utah. Although many factors contribute to the health of Utah's workers' compensation system, Alan plays a vital role in providing sound advice and guidance in making our system one of the best in the country, as recently recognized by the Work Loss Data Institute ranking Utah the highest of all states, receiving an A+ rating. Alan is also being recognized for his role in the 2011 legislative session focusing on the issue of misclassification of workers as independent contractors.

The Adjudication Division & DTS Team (Richard LaJeunesse, Karla Rush, Aurora Holley, Debbie Hann, Lorrie Lima, Deidre Marlowe, Colleen Trayner, Alicia Zavala Lopez, Rosie Oakeson, Cheryl Luke, Dawn Cornell, Arlene McCulloch, and Todd Duvall) - Innovation and Efficiency. The Adjudication Division developed and implemented an electronic filing and mailing system. This allows the Division to receive and send thousands of documents each year. This new system has revolutionized how the public interacts with the Division by: 1) increasing response times from days to hours; 2) giving the public more time to respond to Division notices and orders since mail delays are eliminated; 3) putting rural Utahns on an even footing by eliminating longer mail delays; 4) giving all members of the public 24/7 Division access to file documents; 5) increased Division staff efficiency by reducing time spent photocopying, reducing time spent opening and sorting mail, 6) reducing mailing costs by 2/3; and 6) increasing efficiency and reducing costs for the public including mailing costs.