Nebraska Workers’ Compensation System Should Help, Not Drive Away, Workers

meatpackersLB 1012 undermines the wise purpose of the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation system by tipping the scales against injured employees. Upholding the system is important for all of us.

We have a public interest in ensuring that employers maintain safe workplaces. We also have a public interest in preventing the cost of workplace injuries from spilling over onto Nebraska communities, families, and society.

Instead, LB 1012 would give employers a free pass to not pay for certain workplace injuries if they later fire a worker. LB 1012 also undermines the critical right to choose one’s own doctor, as currently provided by Nebraska law, by punishing workers for refusing employer-selected medical care.

Read the stories and comments of Nebraska workers provided in our testimony, this fact sheet, and the dozens of comments collected in our 2009 worker safety survey.

You can also read Nebraska Appleseed’s letters to the Business and Labor committee on these bills related to workers’ compensation:

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