Workers’ Comp Reform On The Move
By: Carolyn Johnson
A Florida House subcommittee today began taking initial steps toward fixing Florida’s workers’ compensation system, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce was there to champion the voice of job creators.
The Florida Chamber’s Workers’ Comp Task Force has been actively working to resolve a $1.5 billion increase on the business community, and today’s legislative hearing was an opportunity toward resolution. During testimony before the House Subcommittee on Insurance and Banking, the Florida Chamber’s lead policy director on workers’ compensation advocated for lower rates while also providing benefits to help workers’ get back to work faster.
“Our number one goal is to get injured workers back to work, while also lowering rates on job creators,” said CAROLYN JOHNSON, the Florida Chamber’s Director of Business, Economic Development and Innovation Policy.
While the bill is by no means perfect, PCB IBS 17-01 provides a starting point to build on efforts that will:
- Reduce workers’ comp rates,
- Decrease litigation, and
- Provide additional benefits for injured workers.
Opposite the Florida Chamber’s efforts toward workers’ comp reform is Florida’s trial lawyer community which narrowly defeated an amendment to today’s bill that would have significantly reduced workers’ comp rates.
We will continue reaching out, keeping you apprised of the latest legislative action on this important issue, and seeking your help in getting true workers’ comp reform across the finish line.
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