Share “New law doesn't punish injured workers”

New law doesn't punish injured workers

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 4, 2013
Advertisement

Eyebrows were raised when Republican state Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole joined a Democratic colleague and union officials in filing a lawsuit challenging a major workers' compensation overhaul. What's truly mind-boggling is Coates' reasoning, not his choice of political bedfellows.

Among other things, Coates declared, “It's wrong that a firefighter or any other injured worker should have to pay back benefits after returning to work.”

We might agree — if the new law retroactively seized payments from injured workers. It doesn't.

Coates' objection appears to center on permanent partial disability (PPD) awards, which include “sprains and strains” payments. Under Senate Bill 1062, a PPD award is deferred and held in reserve if an employee is cleared by medical officials to return to work and resumes the same job or its equivalent at the same pay (that provision doesn't apply to amputees).

The PPD award is then gradually phased out for each week the employee remains on the job. If a business subsequently fires that worker for any reason other than misconduct, the total remaining award must be paid in a lump sum.

Continue reading this story on the...

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
+ show more


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty
  2. 2
    What Diseases Can You Get from a Water Fountain?
  3. 3
    Greek woman saves a Syrian man lost at sea for 13 hours
  4. 4
    Texas State student rides her Barbie Jeep around campus after DWI arrest, Internet loves it
  5. 5
    Edward Snowden says Hillary Clinton 'ridiculous' to think emails were secure
+ show more

FEATURED JOBS



× Trending opinion Article