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The Source: Corporate America Wants To Ditch Workers' Compensation

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(Dylan Hollingsworth for ProPublica)
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Dallas attorney Bill Minick is leading a national effort, backed by some of the biggest names in corporate America, to let companies "opt out" of workers' comp and create their own injury benefit plans.

A new investigation by ProPublica and NPR is showing that the opt-out Workers' Compensation structure adopted by Texas is being taken on the road, but the downsides for workers are far greater than first understood. The independent analysis by the two journalism outfits is the first of its kind.

"The investigation found the plans almost universally have lower benefits, more restrictions and virtually no independent oversight." - ProPublica/NPR

As The Source has talked about before, Texas doesn't do much to take care of its workers. Last Summer, The Texas Tribune ran a fantastic series  called "Hurting For Work," exploring the broken system of Texas' workers compensation program and the companies that opt-out of state programs and get independent ones. 

Guest:

  • Michael Grabell, reporter for ProPublica covering economic and labor issues (@michaelgrabell)
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive