workers' compensation

Workers’ Comp Rates Could Decrease In 2018

Aug 29, 2017

Florida businesses could see workers' compensation insurance premiums decrease in 2018, after a tumultuous period that included a double-digit rate hike late last year and a lobbying battle about whether to revamp workers' compensation laws.

Miami Herald

The new United States labor secretary and the only Hispanic in President Donald Trump's Cabinet is a South Florida native.

Florida International University Law School Dean R. Alexander Acosta was confirmed by the Senate last Thursday.

Acosta was born in Miami to Cuban parents,  attended Gulliver Preparatory School, went away for college and law school at Harvard University, and returned to Miami in his professional life.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.


Update (12/05):   The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Nov. 29 it is appealing a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates. The office filed a notice of appeal, a move that is expected to allow the rate increase to take effect Dec. 1 as originally planned.

With a legislative battle brewing, state regulators listened to hours of testimony Tuesday as they decide whether to approve a 19.6 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Supreme Court Rejects Workers-Comp Challenge

Dec 28, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court has turned down a lawsuit that questioned the constitutionality of the state's workers-compensation insurance system -- though the system continues to face three other closely watched challenges at the high court.

Justices last week declined to take up a Miami-Dade County case that threatened the longstanding concept that disputes involving injured workers should be handled through the workers-compensation system instead of through civil lawsuits.

With another legislative fight brewing, the Florida Medical Association is signaling that it could play a large role this year in a debate about limiting the amount of money doctors can charge for dispensing drugs to workers' compensation insurance patients.