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Category Archive: Workers’ Compensation Reform

Lawmakers Ask for Federal Oversight of State Workers’ Comp Programs

Ten powerful members of Congress, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have asked the federal government to resume oversight and monitoring of workers’ compensation in the wake of drastic cuts to benefits for injured workers. “State workers’ compensation laws are no longer providing adequate levels of support and compensation for workers injured on the job,”…

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Call N.C. Senators to Oppose Workers’ Comp Trucking Bill

Out-of-state trucking companies want to push the cost of caring for injured truck drivers onto North Carolina taxpayers. It’s just the latest effort by big business to destroy North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system and to gut benefits in favor of profits. N.C. Senate Bill 205, which is currently being considered in committee but could soon…

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Retailers, insurers funding campaign to gut workers’ comp benefits in NC, elsewhere

Walmart, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Kohls and many of the nation’s largest retailers, insurers and corporations are bankrolling campaigns to change workers’ compensation laws and limit benefits nationwide. North Carolina is one of the next states they’re targeting. According to a recent piece in Mother Jones, the corporations are funding the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’…

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Workers Suffer From Workers’ Comp “Reform”

For years in North Carolina and in other states, the insurance industry and big businesses have been pushing to “reform” what they’ve described as an inefficient, wasteful and costly workers’ compensation laws. Legislators and voters have been snowed by the rhetoric, and the laws have been changed. Dismantled. Stripped down. Dehumanized.  A system that once…

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NC’s governor is taking away workers’ rights

It’s been happening under the radar screen (unless you’ve been following our warnings about Gov. Pat McCrory’s unchecked power grab). The governor, his political allies and big business and insurance industry lobbyists are trying to to dismantle the N.C. workers’ compensation system. They want to make it harder for injured workers to get the benefits and…

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Rewarded for Hiring Undocumented Workers?

The N.C. General Assembly is considering another 11th hour bill this session that would encourage companies to hire undocumented workers to avoid paying for workers’ compensation insurance and workers’ comp claims for injured employees. N.C. House Bill 369 would not extend workers’ compensation coverage to certain undocumented workers injured on the job. The current law…

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NCAJ Speaks Out Against State Budget Bill Provision To Fire Workers’ Comp Judges

The N.C. Advocates for Justice, a group dedicated to protecting citizens’ rights, is speaking out against provisions in the proposed state budget bill that would affect whether North Carolina workers’ compensation court judges could keep their jobs and how such judges are appointed in the future.  At issue is Section 15.1.6(b) of the N.C. budget bill,…

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Fighting for workers’ compensation rights

While our focus is workers’ compensation law in North Carolina, from time to time we like to bring you stories about what’s happening in other states, particularly neighboring ones. Often, our elected officials will look to other states when drafting new workers’ compensation legislation. One particularly disturbing case study is Virginia. The former chairwoman of…

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Last chance: Stop bad bills from becoming law; ask governor to veto HB 74

The N.C. General Assembly ended its marathon legislative session last week, and now the bills passed by the N.C. House and N.C. Senate are heading to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. Appealing to the governor to exercise his veto power is our last chance to stop these bad bills that threaten the rights of…

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“Reform” Creates More Pain for Injured Workers

The phrase “workers’ compensation reform” itself is a lie. Generally, the word “reform” has a positive meaning. re-form (noun) — the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory But with the type of workers’  compensation “reform” that has been happening in North Carolina, other states and other countries at the behest of the insurance…

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