Florida Lawmakers Didn't Get the Job Done on Workers' Comp Reform

Date: May 17, 2017

Florida small business owners are facing an increase in workers’ compensation rates as state lawmakers failed to cobble together a deal on a reform package this session.

When lawmakers failed to find a solution, an appellate court ruled to uphold the Supreme Court decision that lead to this year’s hike.

“The bill, as it stands today is on the end of the rope,” Rep. Danny Burgess told reporters as session winded down.

As things stand, the state’s employers will face a 14.5 percent hike in insurance rates.

“The Legislature needs to address this at their earliest opportunity,” NFIB/Florida State Director Bill Herrle told WFSU News. “Whether it’s in the fall, rather it’s in some special session that may occur. We’ll be asking them to address this as soon as they can.”

NFIB will be working through the summer to hold legislators accountable and work toward a fix for this critical issue. Stay tuned to NFIB.com for more.

 

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