State News : Texas

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NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.  

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This month the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the controversial “opt out” provision of its

workers’ compensation law. The provision had allowed employers to “opt out” of Oklahoma’s

workers compensation system and write their own plans, establishing terms for what injuries would

be covered, how workers would be compensated, which doctors workers could see, and providing

for a dispute resolution process.

In a 7-to-2 ruling, the Court held that the provision is an unconstitutional “special law” conferring

employers the ability to provide inequitable treatment for their injured employees, stating that the

provision “creates impermissible, unequal, disparate treatment” for those workers, and a violation

of the Oklahoma Constitution.

At this time, Texas is the only state that allows employers not to carry workers’ compensation.