Annual Award Presentation

Each year, MWCEA is proud to honor award recipients with a presentation ceremony at the Annual Educational Conference. Both the Recovery and Return (R&R) Award and the Chairman’s Award for Business Excellence are currently accepting nominations, and the winners will be announced at the Educational Conference in April. 

We encourage all eligible employers and workers to apply for these awards, as well as welcoming nominations on others’ behalf by members of the community. Click below to view the award criteria and submit your nominations.

Recovery and Return (R&R) Award

The Recovery & Return Award is presented annually to a worker injured on the job in Mississippi that has demonstrated exceptional motivation to obtain physical recovery and return to the productive workforce. Click each title to learn more.

This award is presented to acknowledge the fundamental purpose of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law: to restore injured workers to health and vocational opportunity; and to recognize excellent effort by an injured worker to achieve those goals.

A nominee for the Recovery & Return Award must be a worker who:

  • Was injured on the job in Mississippi
  • Has obtained physical recovery (MMI) and returned to employment
  • Demonstrated exceptional motivation in complying with medical treatment and focus on speedy recovery
  • Demonstrated the desire and willingness to return to work in all medically approved capacities
  • Maintained meaningful communication with employer regarding recovery progress and desire to return to work in accommodated or other capacity

Any worker injured in Mississippi who meets the above criteria is eligible for award nomination. The process is begun by completing an application from the MWCEA website.

All applications are reviewed by a MWCEA panel of at least five judges. Judges may not participate in scoring if their own organization has submitted entries. Entries are rated and scored in each area of the award criteria on a scale of 1-10.

The winning entry will be announced at the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association’s annual conference/meeting in April each year, and will hold that status until the next year. The winner will also provide a program at the MWCEA conference of its unique application of work comp effectiveness with a presentation up to 5 minutes.

Nomination/Application Due: February 1, 2019

Completion of Judging and Panel Determination: March 15, 2019

Presentation of Award and Winner Acknowledgment: MWCEA Conference April 10-12, 2019

Chairman’s Award for Business Excellence (CABE)

The Chairman’s Award for Business Excellence is presented annually to a Mississippi company/employer who demonstrates exceptional commitment to innovation in the application of its workers’ compensation program. Click each title to learn more.

This award is presented to acknowledge a company/employer who has shown innovation and commitment to improving the process of handling workers’ compensation claims and to provide unique and creative ways of continuing an employee’s work capabilities despite a work comp claim and/or its limitations.

The award recipient will be a company doing business in Mississippi — self-insured, domestic and foreign — and will have demonstrated the following:

  • An ongoing commitment and contribution to improve Workers’ Compensation and Recovery
  • Successful safety programs
  • Initiatives for healthy employees
  • Successful light/transitional duty and accommodations for injured employees
  • Philanthropic efforts in the community

Any Mississippi employer is eligible for award determination. The process is begun by completing an application from the MWCEA website. All applications are reviewed by a MWCEA panel of at least five judges. Judges may not participate in scoring if their own organization has submitted entries. Entries are rated and scored in each area of the award criteria on a scale of 1 – 10.

The winning entry will be announced at the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association’s annual conference/meeting in April each year and will hold that status until the next year. The winner will provide a program at the MWCEA conference of its unique application of work comp effectiveness with a presentation up to 5 minutes.

Nomination/Application Due: February 1, 2019

Completion of Judging and Panel Determination: March 15, 2019

Presentation of Award and Winner Acknowledgment: MWCEA Conference April 10-12, 2019