NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.
Select a state from the dropdown menu below to scroll through the state specific archives for updates and opinions on various workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Contact information for NWCDN members is also located on the state specific links in the event you have additional questions or your company is seeking a workers’ compensation lawyer in your state.
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.