FL CFO Jimmy Patronis: Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction is Good News for Florida Businesses (via www.workerscompensation.com)

Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement on the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) recent proposed workers’ compensation rate decrease of 13.4 percent for most employers in Florida.

“We’ve seen the cost of doing business in Florida continue to drop. The news that workers’ compensation rates will see a possible decrease of 13.4 percent is a testament to our commitment to ensuring Florida is an attractive place for all business owners.

“We must keep a vigilant eye on Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance marketplace to make certain we don’t return to the age of skyrocketing rates.”

Source: www.workerscompensation.com

How to Report a Workers’ Compensation Injury

Who do I report my work-related injury or illness to?

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You should report your work-related injury or illness to your employer.
How long after an accident occurs on the job do I have to report it to my employer?

You should report the work-related accident as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) days from the date the accident occurs, or within thirty (30) days of the date the doctor says you are suffering from a work-related injury. Failure to report your injury or illness within (30) days may result in your claim being denied.
My employer will not report my work-related injury or illness to their insurance carrier. What can I do?

Your employer should have the workers’ compensation insurance carrier information posted in the workplace. If so, you may contact the insurance carrier and report the claim yourself. If your employer does not have the insurance information posted, please contact the Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office for assistance with obtaining that information

A Football Coach Who Should Write Workers’ Comp Law (via www.workerscompensation.com)

There has been a clear push in recent years to change the culture of workers’ comp across the nation with better communication, clearer language and an emphasis on ultimate recovery. This is a difficult task, as the legislative complexities of comp and entrenched interests within the system make this industry a very difficult ship to turn. But recently, we came across a football coach who may just have the silver tongue needed to make that clear communication breakthrough in our industry.
University of Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen recently made news when attempting to clarify his weapons policy for the media. This issue came to head when one of his players was found with a loaded AR-15 in the back of his vehicle. It was there, according to the player, for “protection from the locals.” It is important to note that the possession appeared to be legal and the player was released without charges. The problem, it seems, was that this incident apparently violated Mullens “No Weapons” policy in place for his team. It was in his clarification of this no weapons policy that we see great potential for him in the world of workers’ compensation.
Mullens explained during a press conference that, “I have a no-weapons policy, but it’s not like you’re not allowed to have a gun. We live in a country where that’s one of your rights.”
He went on to say, “It’s a no-weapons policy in certain situations of how to be educated to not have (issues). No weapons, that’s easy to remember. If I write out all the different (scenarios) — no weapons in these situations or have a weapon for a hunting situation, if I’m doing this, I store it at this location, I keep it here, I have gun safety rules and knowledge — that’s not a quick catch to them to register in their mind. Does that make sense?”
Perfect sense. In fact, I only had to read that about 50 times to understand what it meant, which was far less effort than it takes to interpret some comp statutes around the nation. What I (ultimately) believe the coach was saying is that it is easier to just say “no weapons allowed” than it is to define where, when and how a weapon may be stored and utilized.
Or he had suffered a mild stroke. Whichever.
In other words, “no guns” essentially means “no guns on the field,” which is kind of a shame. Given recent years’ performance of the Gators, those weapons might make a positive difference in their offensive capabilities.
But that is not really the point. What we have found here is a coach who has the ability to break down the communication barrier that continues to dog the workers’ compensation industry. If this whole football thing doesn’t work out for him, he may have a real future in politics; especially a future that includes writing new comp legislation.

Source: www.workerscompensation.com