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Morgan & Morgan chimes in on worker’s comp rulings

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The Morgan & Morgan law firm’s blog has opined on the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the state’s worker’s compensation law, calling it a “victory” for workers. An unsigned post appeared Monday; it was tweeted Tuesday. The firm, led by famed Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, has a bustling practice in worker’s comp applications and appeals. States mandate worker’s comp systems to pay workers who get hurt on the job. Last month, the Castellanos v. Next Door Company opinion struck down the law’s caps on legal fees as unconstitutional.…

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NFIB/Florida joins groups opposed to workers’ comp hike

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The National Federation of Independent Business/Florida is adding its voice to the business groups decrying a proposed 17 percent hike in the cost of workers’ compensation insurance to employers. The rate increase “is a $623 million tax on workers in Florida that will go primarily to workers’ compensation attorneys,” NFIB/Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle said in a statement. “For the sake of Florida’s small businesses and the millions they employ, this cannot stand,” he added. “The filing is the tip of the…

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Business lobby blasts workers’ comp rate hike

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The state’s business groups are saying “we told you so” over the cost of workers’ compensation insurance. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has asked the state to consider a 17 percent rate hike in the cost of workers’ comp to employers. Workers’ comp is mandated by states to pay workers who get hurt on the job. The council submitted its filing to the Office of Insurance Regulation on Friday. If approved, it would take effect Aug. 1. That would collectively cost Florida businesses roughly $623 million and make the Sunshine…

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Workers’ compensation system eagerly awaits key Supreme Court ruling

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Another Thursday has gone by and we continue to wait with bated breath on whether or not the Florida Supreme Court will rule whether the state’s workers’ compensation system is unconstitutional. Two high-profile workers’ compensation cases still sit on the desk of the Court – (1) Castellanos v. Next Door Company and (2) Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg – both of which could have a negative impact on the state’s workers’ compensation system. Putting the nitty gritty of each case aside for a…

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