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A Race To The Bottom: Corporations Make Their Own Workers' Comp Laws

Did you know that corporations across the country are currently attempting to limit your ability to hold them accountable if you get hurt working for them?

Company's like Nordstroms, Walmart and Safeway, for instance, want to change the workers' compensation laws in all 50 states. In doing so, those corporations are hoping to limit the rights of the injured.


Workers' compensation laws have protected the rights of workers for a century here in the United States. In place of these laws, these corporations wish to be able to "opt out" of workers' compensation plans.

By opting out, the corporations would be able to write their own requirements for workers' compensation. Notably, these privatized efforts at workers' compensation are designed to limit the ability of injured workers to gain access to compensation and medical care.

Ultimately, the corporations hope to use this effort to maximize their profits by shifting the expense of artificial limbs, for instance, onto injured workers across the country. In fact, according to one account, Dillard's drafted a plan in which an injured worker had to report an injury by the end of the shift in order to qualify for workers' compensation.

If you are wondering what your workers' rights are here in Iowa, you want to consult with an experienced attorney. You will also want to keep an eye on your legislators to determine their positions on this important developing legal problem.

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