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Firefighters, police officers and other first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder will qualify for a full array of workers’ compensation insurance benefits effective Oct. 1, under a bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday.

Joined by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Pam Bondi and legislative leaders, Scott signed the measure (SB 376) during an appearance at the Tampa Firefighters Museum.

Florida lawmakers want broader workers' compensation coverage for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. But a new version of the bill would add more requirements as well.

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Florida regulators are approving a 9.5 percent drop in insurance rates charged to the state's business owners to cover their employees.

Florida roofers want state insurance regulators to crack down on companies that use a person’s immigration to status to avoid paying workers compensation claims.

After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline.  But some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough.

A bill expanding workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder has been filed for the 2018 Legislative session.

At age 31, Nixon Arias cut a profile similar to many unauthorized immigrants in the United States. A native of Honduras, he had been in the country for more than a decade and had worked off and on for a landscaping company for nine years. The money he earned went to building a future for his family in Pensacola, Fla. His Facebook page was filled with photos of fishing and other moments with his three boys, ages 3, 7 and 8.

But in November 2013, that life began to unravel.

Chances appear slim lawmakers will pass a comprehensive workers’ compensation bill this year, but at least one reform is already headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

House Ready To Take Up Workers’ Comp

Apr 16, 2017

In an issue closely watched by business, legal and labor groups, the House on Tuesday is scheduled to take up a bill that would revamp workers' compensation insurance laws.

Senate Panel Backs Workers’ Comp Changes

Apr 14, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would revise workers' compensation insurance laws, but key differences remain with the House.

Workers compensation isn’t the sexiest item on the 2017 legislative agenda, but it promises to be one of the fiercest fights as lawmakers face enormous pressure to deal with a 14.5 percent rate hike hitting every state employer.   

Senate Bill Calls For Workers’ Comp Changes

Mar 5, 2017

After two closely watched Florida Supreme Court rulings and a 14.5 percent rate increase for businesses, a key Senate Republican filed a proposal Friday that would revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance system.

The proposal (SB 1582), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, addresses major issues such as attorney fees and rate filings with the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Higher workers’ compensation rates in Florida are likely here to stay, warns a key player in the Florida Senate.

Business Groups Propose Workers’ Comp Changes

Feb 15, 2017

Associated Industries of Florida and other business groups released a proposal Tuesday aimed at holding down workers' compensation insurance rates — including revamping a state law about fees paid to injured workers' attorneys.

Employers are worried the fallout from recent Supreme Court rulings will go beyond a hefty rate hike for workers’ compensation insurance.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Workers’ Comp Case

Nov 1, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that raised questions about the constitutionality of Florida's workers' compensation insurance system.

Workers comp rates are set to rise by almost 15 percent.  State regulators have approved the increase for new and renewal policies starting in December. 

Florida’s insurance regulators are considering two major rate increases.  The moves would raise rates for workers compensation insurance and property insurance with the state-backed company Citizens.

Insurance researchers are recommending a nearly 20 percent hike in workers compensation rates.  The increase comes in the wake of recent court decisions. 

Workers’ Attorneys Blast Proposed Insurance Hike

Jul 6, 2016

In another sign of a building debate about Florida's workers' compensation insurance system, attorneys for injured workers are blasting a proposed insurance rate hike for employers.

Insurance Council Seeks Bigger Hike In Workers’ Compensation Rate

Jul 4, 2016

The workers' compensation insurance industry is seeking a nearly 20 percent rate hike, following a pair of recent Florida Supreme Court rulings and a change in state law.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance, which submits rate proposals for Florida's workers' compensation insurance industry, on Thursday filed an amended rate proposal that would boost the average rate by 19.6 percent, up from an increase of more than 17 percent proposed in May.

Justices Reject Another Part Of Workers Comp System

Jun 10, 2016

For the second time in less than two months, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that part of the state's workers' compensation insurance system is unconstitutional.

Workers Comp Rates Could Jump After Court Ruling

May 31, 2016
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After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney's fees, workers-compensation insurance rates could go up 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted Friday to state regulators.

McCarty: Impact of Workers Comp Ruling To Be Determined

Apr 29, 2016

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said Thursday afternoon that regulators will work to determine the impact of a major Florida Supreme Court ruling that struck down a law limiting attorney's fees in workers-compensation insurance cases. 

Justices Strike Down Workers Comp Fee Law

Apr 28, 2016

In a major ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said that a state law limiting attorney's fees in workers-compensation insurance cases is unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Weighs Workers Comp Battle

Apr 7, 2016

Florida Supreme Court justices Wednesday tried to sift through arguments about the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system --- and whether they should decide the issue.

Justices Will Hear Arguments In April In Workers Comp Fight

Jan 25, 2016

Florida Supreme Court justices will hear arguments April 6 in a closely watched challenge to Florida's workers-compensation insurance system.

Kevin Schiller had no idea what hit him.

With 21 years on the job, the building engineer for Macy's department stores had been in and out of every nook and cranny of many of the retail giant's Texas stores, including the storage room in the Macy's in Denton, Texas.

One minute, the stocky, 6-foot-2 Schiller was searching there for a floor drain. The next, he was sprawled on the floor, stunned, confused and bleeding slightly.

Workers Comp Rates Reduced 4.7 Percent

Nov 16, 2015

Florida employers will see overall workers-compensation insurance rates drop 4.7 percent as of Jan. 1, according to an order issued Thursday by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Workers-Comp Ruling Rejected In Air Show Injury

Aug 27, 2015
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An appeals court said Wednesday a security guard who was injured in a 2011 tornado can pursue a lawsuit against a company that put on an air show in Polk County.