Proposed hike for workers’ comp insurance causes alarm

Business and employer interests clash in Florida workers comp case

Florida’s business community and employee advocates are expressing alarm at a proposed 17.1 percent rate hike for what employers pay to cover workers’ compensation insurance.

“Seventeen percent is absolutely exaggerated unless we are trying to insulate insurers from their own bad behavior,” said Maitland attorney Geoffrey Bichler, who represents injured police officers and firefighters. He also filed a brief in a recent Florida Supreme Court case regarding workers’ comp, for groups including the Fraternal Order of Police.

“It’s basically a money grab by insurance companies who are trying to scare employers into supporting a change in the state’s laws,” said John Morgan, plaintiff’s attorney at Morgan & Morgan.

The rate increase was proposed Friday to the state by an insurance industry advocate, the National Council on Compensation Insurance based in Boca Raton. It’s a not-for-profit that crunches data for the workers’ comp industry whose board is made up almost entirely of insurance company representatives.

 

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