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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Texas Companies Save Millions by Opting Out of Workers' Comp, Study Finds

    And just wait, if other states can opt out of it, they will.

    As we reported last month in our feature “Don't Fall Down On The Job In Texas,” Texas is the only state in the country that allows employers to opt out of workers' compensation and leave their workers without coverage. It's one of two states that allow employers to offer alternative benefit plans, commonly called “non-subscription plans.” And those are exactly what Stanford law professor Alison Morantz was studying, looking closely at how employers were saving this much money and what that might mean for injured workers.
    “There are clearly workers who are unquestionably worse off, because they may have injuries that aren't even covered at all under these plans,” Morantz said. “So what do they do? They can end up in a really horrible situation.”
    In a letter obtained by Pacific Standard NPR, the U.S. Department of Labor said it was currently investigating whether alternative plans, in both Texas and Oklahoma, violate workers’ rights under federal law.
    Texas Companies Find Opting Out a Thrifty Alternative to Workers' Comp | Houston Press

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    Default Re: Texas Companies Save Millions by Opting Out of Workers' Comp, Study Finds

    More bad news for workers

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    Default Re: Texas Companies Save Millions by Opting Out of Workers' Comp, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by ST JAY View Post
    More bad news for workers
    Exactly. It is not like they go after one thing, such as wages. They are going after everything, wages, pensions, workers comp, unions...............

    And by the way, glad your back!

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    Default Re: Texas Companies Save Millions by Opting Out of Workers' Comp, Study Finds

    What I would wonder is if a worker gets hurt on the job in Texas and the employer opted out of workers comp,would it open it to a lawsuit.. I know in New York state because of workers comp laws you are not able to sue an employer even if it is negligence..

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    Default Re: Texas Companies Save Millions by Opting Out of Workers' Comp, Study Finds

    Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty'
    U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says his agency will use its "bully pulpit" to strike at what he calls "a disturbing trend" that leaves workers without medical care and wage replacement payments when they are injured on the job.

    In an interview with NPR, Perez also confirms a Labor Department investigation of an opt-out alternative to state-regulated workers' compensation that has saved employers millions of dollars but that he says is "undermining that basic bargain" for American workers.

    Perez says the probe focuses on a practice by thousands of employers in Texas and Oklahoma to opt out of conventional state workers' compensation in favor of benefits plans that provide lower and fewer payments, make it more difficult to qualify for benefits, control access to doctors and limit independent appeals of benefits decisions.
    Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty' : The Two-Way : NPR

 

 

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