The Oklahoma Supreme Court has come down hard against the alternative workers’ compensation law, which allows employers to “opt-out” of traditional, state-run benefits, so long as they provide their own coverage. It’s similar to the one South Carolina had been considering.
However, these “alternative” plans have proven time and again to be detrimental to workers. To start, companies have the freedom to define what it means to be “injured.” Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in a narrowed definition, meaning many workers who otherwise would have received benefits are shut out.
Another of these unfair provisions – the one on which the state supreme court recently weighed – was called the “180-Day Rule.” According to this provision, the act prohibits workers from collecting workers’ compensation if they had been employed for less than 180 days. Continue reading