If you are confused by what the
Worker's Compensation rates will be starting December 1 - Welcome to the club.
Bottom line, the 14.5%
increase approved earlier by the Office of Insurance Regulations (OIR) remains
in effect and will start tomorrow, December 1.
Why is this news? Late last week Leon County Circuit Judge, Karen Gievers,
invalidated the increase because the National Council of Compensation Insurers
(NCCI) failed to abide by the state's sunshine laws. Judge Gievers opined that
since NCCI was acting as an agent of the state for the OIR, they must follow
the open-government requirements. NCCI did not conduct its deliberations in
public and failed to provide data to the plaintiff in this case. Henceforth,
her decision to halt the increase.
Just yesterday, OIR filed a notice to appeal Judge Giever's decision. Pursuant
to the appellate procedure, Judge Giever's orders are now nullified and the planned increase will go
into effect on December 1, 2016 as originally planned.