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Workers compensation legislation may affect employers

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A recent article in the Washington Post examined the proposed legislation that would not allow retired workers receiving workers compensation insurance to earn more benefits than they would from normal retirement benefits.

“It is not fair that federal or postal employees who work their entire careers retire with a lower and taxable benefit than do employees who remain on workers compensation past retirement age,” Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, told the Federal Diary. "Our bill would eliminate the incentive for beneficiaries to stay on workers’ compensation long after the age when they will never return to work."

The legislation would not apply to those at retirement age who have lost at least two limbs or those who are under full nursing care, according to the Post.

Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has proposed another bill that affects workers compensation, proposing that employers with 50 or more employees and above-average claims rates would be allowed to go around the workers compensation system. These employers would be allowed to create their own system with the state insurance commissioners, reported Tulsa World.

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