Okla. High Court Deals Setback To National Push To Rewrite Laws About How Businesses Care For Injured Workers
In other news, disabled tenants of some federally-supported housing filed suit in U.S. District Court in Denver against a prohibition on service animals.
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Companies Can't Set Own Rules For Injured Workers, Okla. Court Says
A national campaign to rewrite state laws and allow businesses to decide how to care for their injured workers suffered a significant setback Tuesday when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma's version of the law is unconstitutional. The 2013 legislation gave Oklahoma employers the ability to "opt out" of the state workers' compensation system and write their own plans, setting the terms for what injuries were covered, which doctors workers could see, how workers were compensated and how disputes were handled. (Grabell, 9/13)
Three Disabled Residents Sue Meeker Housing Authority Claiming Right To Have Companion Animal
Disabled tenants of federally-supported homes have filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Meeker Housing Authority claiming its rules prohibiting companion service animals violate their federal rights. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver on behalf of Megan McFadden, Antonio “A.J.” White and his father, Lonnie White by Denver attorneys Siddhartha Rathod, Matthew Cron and Laura Wolf. (Mitchell, 9/13)