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Need to track subcontractor Work Comp coverage in Florida?
For Contractors working in Florida, the Division of Workers’ Compensation offers several databases that show the workers’ compensation insurance coverage by Florida companies, including construction contractors.  Best of all, these tracking and information sources are free to use.  As a back up to the physical collection of insurance ...
Florida Work Comp rates dropping in 2018
It’s final.  This week, the Florida Insurance Commissioner issued a directive for workers’ compensation rates to be decreased by 9.8% beginning in 2018.  His final order increased the rate reductions recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).  In addition, State Insurance Commissioner David Almaier asked N...
Florida Discontinues Workers Compensation Claims Database
During the 2017 Legislative Session, HB 1107, a bill relating to public records, created 440.1851, Florida Statutes (F.S.). This statute provides an exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying information filed with the Department of Financial Services and other agencies pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Law; specifyin...
Highlights of the new Florida rules for Medical Marijuana
TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Friday, June 23, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state of Florida.  Lawmakers had been unable to pass the measure in the regular session, so it passed the new law (SB 8A) in a special session.  Before the ink is dry, there are several lawsuits......
Medical Marijuana in Florida: A Summary for Employers and Employees
Tallahassee, FL (January 3, 2017) –  Now that Florida voters have approved Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana, there are many changes coming to Florida.  In the next few years, I predict there will be more medical conditions approved, more doctors prescribing, more cannabis use and more approved...
How to lower Workers’ Compensation costs for Florida Contractors (Part 1)
Attention Florida Construction Contractors – here are 18 proven steps to get control of your workers’ compensation costs, meet compliance obligations and improve employee relations. (Part 1 of 3) Create a good hiring process – Avoid hiring a problem employee by developing a thorough and effective hiring process. Hire the best available talent...
Positive drug test and Workers’ Comp: Can TPD benefits be stopped?
Florida employers with a drug free workplace have the right to terminate an employee that tests positive for illegal drugs.  What happens when the employee tests positive for drugs after a post-accident drug test, and the employee is receiving temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits?  The Florida work comp statute states that “misconduct”...
Florida’s Work Comp rates to drop 4.7% in 2016
On November 12, 2015, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) approved an overall decrease of 4.7% in workers’ compensation insurance rates in Florida (press release). Following the disapproval of its original rate filing request, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) submitted additional information for the Office’...
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