The First Amendment Foundation is challenging the proposed workers' compensation rate hike of nearly 20% due to the lack of oversight on the process and the failure to abide by Florida's open government laws. The Foundation is challenging the 20% increase because the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) developed its proposal of the rate hike in secret violating Florida's open government laws. In fact, NCCI has even denied a public records request for information supporting the hike.
The Foundation has asked the Office of Insurance Regulation to deny the proposed rate increase and require NCCI to start the process over but this time forcing NCCI to follow Florida's open government laws.
Requiring NCCI to abide by the open government laws is the only way to make sure that this proposed increase of nearly 20% in workers' compensation premiums for employers is legitimate and based on actual data as opposed to emotional over-reactions lacking any type of support for the increase.
Florida's workers' compensation laws have long benefitted employers at the expense of employees. But with the recent decisions by Florida's Supreme Court the scales are rightfully being tipped back in the direction of the injured worker. The insurance carriers should not be allowed to propose such a large increase in rates by simply pointing to the recent Supreme Court decisions, without providing the necessary information to support their claims.