tagged w/ Workers Comp
"PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers are free to raid cash for injured workers in the State Compensation Fund to balance the budget, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
Reversing a lower court ruling, the judges said it was the Legislature itself that authorized the collection of money from employers. That means lawmakers are free to take that money for other uses, they said.
Judge Maurice Portley, writing for the unanimous court, acknowledged the money in the account is earmarked to pay the medical bills and lost wages of workers injured on the job. And he said those workers have "vested interests or rights" in those payments.
But Portley said attorneys for the fund as well as a host of employer groups presented no evidence that taking nearly $4.7 million from the fund would prevent it from being able to meet its obligations.
And even if that were the case, he continued, there is a separate law that details how money must be transferred into the fund.
Under Arizona law, all companies are required to provide coverage for employees who are injured or killed in work-related accidents. Some firms buy private insurance; others self-insure.
The Industrial Commission, which administers workers' compensation laws in Arizona, also maintains a special fund for cases in which an employer has not obtained the proper insurance. The cash is earmarked for medical bills and other benefits for injured workers.
It also provides coverage for workers who, having been injured elsewhere, are hurt again. That is designed to encourage companies to hire these previously injured workers.
The account is funded by a special levy on employers.
Lawmakers, looking to balance the 2009 budget, voted to take money from various special accounts, ranging from the Central Arizona Project to tobacco-education funds. The special fund at the Industrial Commission was one of those on the list.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation authorizing the fund transfers.
..." more at link
There is still the AZ Supreme Court to appeal to. Frankly, that generally does not generally work well for people not in the top economic bracket.
Gonna be REALLY difficult for GOP pols, even in Arizona, to convince the working people and middle class that there isn't a war on them. They just marched over another bridge too far in plain sight. Again, taking from working people to cover operational expenses not met because of tax cuts which benefit the rich most.
We are gonna hear more about the need for Pima County to pull out of AZ and form Baja Arizona. Only this time, I'm not sure it will only be half jest."PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers are free to raid cash for injured workers in the... more
There's a lot of Mos Def in our special one-hour premiere. Here's a list of songs heard during the show:
From The Ecstatic:
No Hay Nada Mas
Life In Marvelous Times
From True Magic:
From The New Danger:
The Boogie Man Song
From We Are Hip Hop – You – Me – Everybody:
Travellin’ ManThere's a lot of Mos Def in our special one-hour premiere. Here's a list of... more
3 years ago
For falling on her head from the stripper pole. How did the bar even try to deny that - that's clearly a work related injury! But apparently they didn't have workers comp insurance, which is why they were trying to get out of it - now they have to pay her claim, a fine for not having the coverage, and a percentage more to her for the delay in paying her in the first place. HA!For falling on her head from the stripper pole. How did the bar even try to deny that... more
5 years ago