Summer 2013

  • On May 6, 2013, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1062 into law. This new law, Oklahoma Title 85, which goes into effect on February 1, 2014, is historic in multiple ways.
  • In this edition of SuperScriber, Workplace Guardian (WPG) interviews Nick Bettinger. Mr. Bettinger is an ERISA attorney for McDonald Sanders, a law firm in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  • The size and complexity of the workers’ compensation (WC) industry may make you, the employer, feel overwhelmed.  Many WC variables are beyond your control, and as the market is still “hardening” in the summer of 2013, power continues to shift from employers to insurance carriers when it comes to the pricing and structuring of WC programs.  Underwriting credits are harder for you to come by and industry changes in split points don’t bode well for your experience modifier.

  • Local Oklahoma employers are saddled with the costliest Workers Compensation (WC) system in the country, and those costs are passed along to consumers.  Our legislature needs to eliminate this needless drag on our economy. 

    The losses that we suffer from Oklahoma's broken WC system can be broadly categorized into three areas.  First, a recent study shows that—after adjusting for cost-of-living expenses nationwide—Oklahoma pays more for WC than any other state.

  • Some of the stranger stories of this business.