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July Marks Start of New Workers’ Comp Laws Across U.S.


By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL ( - A slate of new state laws regarding workers’ compensation became effective earlier this month across the country. 

July 1, routinely one of the effective dates for new state laws, saw some states taking steps to trim workers’ compensation benefits, while others took legislative action favorable to workers.

According to Alan Pierce, a workers’ compensation claimant attorney and immediate past president of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a nonprofit organization representing the interests of injured workers and their families, concerns about economic impacts are at the forefront of changes to states’ workers’ compensation laws that are averse to workers.

Many states, in order to deal with escalating costs of workers’ compensation programs — usually medical...

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