This morning, The Chair of Delaware’s Workers’ Compensation Task Force, Lt Governor Matt Denn and business and legislative leaders made recommendations to Governor Jack Markell and the General Assembly to stop the large workers compensation rate increases that are burdening Delaware businesses.
The task force was created by House Joint Resolution 3; it was established by the General Assembly and Governor to address the 34% increase in average workers compensation rates over the last two years. These rate increases have increased costs for Delaware businesses and made it harder for them to compete for bids with businesses from neighboring states.
The task force’s recommendations fall into four areas: placing tighter controls on workers compensation medical costs; ensuring that insurance carriers’ requests for rate increases receive a high level of scrutiny; making the state’s laws encouraging injured workers to return to work more effective; and improving the state’s workplace safety program to both increase its usage and ensure that is accurately determines which workplaces are using appropriate safety practices.
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