FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2017) – Gov. Bevin appointed the following individuals as administrative law judges within the Department of Workers’ Claims.
• Jeff V. Layson, of Bowling Green, has 26 years’ experience practicing workers’ compensation law. In that time, he has represented both employees and employers. He will serve a term expiring July 14, 2020.
• W. Greg Harvey, of Bowling Green, has represented both employers and employees in workers’ compensation litigation since 2003. He will serve a term expiring December 31, 2017.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey applauded the appointments.
“Jeff and Greg have a wealth of workers’ compensation knowledge and experience,” Sec. Ramsey said. “With today’s appointments, I am confident that these judges will treat all parties that appear before them with impartiality and fairness and will reach decisions based upon the law and the facts of each case.”
“Governor Bevin had many highly qualified candidates to choose from, and he made great choices with his appointments of Greg Harvey and Jeff Layson,” Chief Administrative Law Judge Doug Gott stated. “Greg and Jeff are highly experienced workers’ compensation practitioners and should be ready to hit the ground running when their terms begin. With the governor now having filled seven ALJ vacancies in recent months, the Department of Workers’ Claims is back to a full complement of judges to administer claims affecting injured workers and employers in the Commonwealth.”
Administrative Law Judges are appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate. Each judge shall be an attorney and have five years’ experience in the practice of workers’ compensation law in Kentucky or a related field and have extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation law. Judges conduct hearings and supervise the presentation of evidence and render final decisions, orders or awards regarding workers’ compensation claims.
“I am honored and excited to be appointed as an Administrative Law Judge and to have the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth,” Harvey said. “As a practitioner in the workers’ comp field for the past 14 years, I am confident my background will add to an already impeccable bench of judges who work hard every day to render fair and impartial judgments for all Kentuckians. It has been a privilege to practice law in this great state and now I look forward to the task of serving in the Department of Workers’ Claims.”
“I am deeply honored to have been appointed by Gov. Bevin to serve as an Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims,” Layson said. “I will do my very best to approach every case with the same high degree of fairness and courtesy that I have received from the ALJs I have practiced before over the last 27 years.”
Additional information is available at http://labor.kentucky.gov.