WORKERS' COMPENSATION

 

SB 730 institutes significant reforms to Oklahoma's workers compensation system by reducing costs to employers and improving benefits to workers. The reforms may save Oklahoma businesses up to $51 million annually, according to actuarial reports commissioned by the State Insurance Fund. Key components include:

  • placing the burden of proof on the party request ing benefits;

  • defining occupational disease as arising from a direct causal connection with conditions of work;

  • encouraging mediation of disputes;

  • limiting payments for temporary total disability to 156 weeks;

  • improving death benefits for children and surviving spouse;

  • increasing weekly income benefits to 100% of average weekly wage; and

  • directing the Physician Advisory Committee to develop recommendations for evaluating sprain or strain injuries.

 

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