Category Archives: Legislation

Workers’ Comp “Opt-Out” Bill Introduced in Tennessee Legislature

Senate Bill 721 On Wednesday, state senator Mark Green (Republican from Clarksville), introduced Senate Bill 721 to the Tennessee legislature. If enacted, many Tennessee employers would be allowed to opt-out of the state’s traditional workers’ compensation system, providing coverage with … Continue reading

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Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Established State-Wide Database of Comp Claims (and Claimants)

Yesterday (July 2), Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation [Senate Bill 34] that would have permitted created a state-run database system that would have contained basic information about workers’ compensation claims filed by the state’s residents and which would have been … Continue reading

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Michigan Becomes 5th State to Pass Social Media Law Affecting Employers’ Right to Private Information

On December 28, Michigan became the 5th state to pass a social media privacy law. House Bill 5523, entitled the Internet Privacy Protection Act, was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and takes immediate effect. The law prohibits employers and educational … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Opt Out Legislation Fails: A Post Mortem

By Thomas A. Robinson Late last Wednesday evening (April 25th), supporters of a controversial bill that would have allowed some Oklahoma employers to “opt out” of the state’s traditional workers’ compensation system [see Oklahoma House Bill 2155] fell short of … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Controversial “Opt Out” Legislation Fails (At Least Temporarily)

Late Wednesday evening, supporters of a controversial bill that would allow some Oklahoma employers to “opt out” of the state’s traditional workers’ compensation system [see Oklahoma House Bill 2155] fell short of having sufficient votes to move the legislation through … Continue reading

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The Fight Against Workers’ Compensation Fraud Takes Many Forms–Florida Goes After Unscrupulous Check Cashing Firms

In August 2007, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered the empanelment of a statewide grand jury to investigate various criminal offenses, including activities related to check cashers. In 2008, the grand jury issued its report and the state legislature enacted … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor Poised to Sign Significant Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Indications are that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will soon sign legislation that makes significant modifications to the state’s workers’ compensation law. H.B. 5002, introduced by state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford), and presented to the governor on December 16, includes a … Continue reading

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