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New law changes Oklahoma’s workers’ comp system

May 15, 2013

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Oklahoma City – Oklahoma’s court-based workers’ compensation system will transition to an administrative system under legislation signed May 6 by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).

In addition to restructuring the system, the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act (S.B. 1062) allows employers to opt out of the state’s workers’ comp system as long as they provide similar benefits to injured employees.

An administrative system will improve the timeliness of claims processing and reduce the “adversarial nature of the process for both workers and employers,” according to a press release from Fallin’s office.

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