Rep. Danny Burgess On Why Workers’ Comp Reform Is Essential

 

Helping Injured Workers is at the Heart of Workers’ Compensation Reform

“The House’s goal in all of this is to insure that this is the most open, transparent take that we have ever attempted to make on the workers’ compensation reform process….I just appreciate [stakeholders] taking so much time to make sure that we have the best bill that we can possibly have for those that are at the heart of the grand bargain – the employers and the employees.”
– Rep. Danny Burgess, Florida House Insurance and Banking Committee Chairman

Watch Rep. Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills), the House Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman, on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line explaining how expanding benefits for injured workers and reining in attorney behavior is the impetus behind the House’s efforts to reform Florida’s broken workers’ compensation system.

Have You or Your Business Felt the Impact of the 14.5 Percent Increase in Workers’ Comp Rates?

Email your lawmakers before noon on Wednesday and tell them to fix workers’ comp now. Ask them to support HB 7085 and HB 1107 in their non-amended forms.

Workers’ Comp Reform On The Move

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.

Take Action Now

Learn more about the Florida Chamber Workers’ Comp Task Force. To join the task force or share your concerns about this issue, contact Carolyn Johnson.