The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Workers’ Compensation Task Force have led the fight to lower workers’ comp rates by nearly 60 percent since 2003. A 2016 Florida Supreme Court decision forced rates to increase by double digits and is undoing the work the Florida Chamber’s Workers’ Comp Task Force has done the last 14 years. The latest fight for the Workers’ Compensation Task Force is to work toward a legislative solution to the Florida Supreme Court decisions in Castellanos v. Next Door Company and Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg. It is imperative that our business community join together to create a solution that bring certainty back to employers and workers.
“Small businesses create two of every three jobs in Florida, and rely on a stable and affordable workers’ comp system to protect employees. The Florida Supreme court cases have caused uncertainty in the workers’ comp system and increased attorney fees have the potential to drive up rates in years to come,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.