July 28, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today announced the formation of its ‘Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force,’ which will come together with the goal of restoring a stable, self-executing and affordable workers’ compensation system in Florida as the Florida Legislature intended.
“Today, we are excited to announce the formation of the ‘Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force that will continue the collaborative efforts that we began this summer with our Helping Florida Work Town Hall meetings across the state,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney. “After hearing from our elected leaders and business community from all corners of the state on how the recent Florida Supreme Court rulings have impacted our state’s workers’ compensation system, we were compelled to continue to help restore a stable, self-executing and affordable workers’ compensation system in Florida as the Florida Legislature intended all along.”
Joining AIF in announcing this critical task force that represents the employer community, insurance carriers and injured workers is Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
“I appreciate that Associated Industries of Florida is working to develop a broad collection of ideas on this issue that is so critical to the economic success of Florida and the health and well-being of the Florida Workforce,” said CFO Atwater. “I look forward to continued conversations on an issue that will undoubtedly play a primary role in our upcoming legislative session, much as it did more than a decade ago.”
The ‘Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force’ will be chaired by Feeney with the following subgroups and chairs:
In addition to the task force outlined above, noted Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jim McConnaughhay with McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A. will be working with AIF and the task force.
The study commission will be considering all aspects of the Workers' Compensation Act in Florida to restore a stable, self-executing and affordable system to care for injured workers. A task force goal will be to relieve as soon as possible the pressure on rates, while simultaneously searching for the optimal policies to protect injured workers and have rates that promote job growth and prosperity.
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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