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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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Fla. Supreme Court punts on workers’ comp case

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday decided not to consider a case that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s workers’ compensation system. The move leaves a contentious 2003 overhaul untouched – for now. After hearing arguments in Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital earlier this month, all seven justices agreed to “exercise our discretion and discharge jurisdiction,” the court’s one-paragraph opinion said. “Accordingly, we dismiss review.” The court did, however, in a separate case – Castellanos v. Next Door Company – strike down Florida’s workers’ compensation law’s legal fee schedule as…

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