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Kauffman’s Bill to Reform State’s Workers Comp System Headed to Governor’s Desk
HARRISBURG – This week, the state Senate approved House Bill 1840, authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), which would enact needed reforms to the state’s Workers’ Compensation (WC) system. The bill now goes to the governor, who has indicated he will sign the legislation into law.

“Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system is a costly requirement that employers across the state contribute to each year,” said Kauffman. “In order to make sure the system is helping those injured on the job, while still keeping costs in check, I have authored legislation that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars in relief from Workers’ Compensation costs for Pennsylvania employers.  Based on a technicality, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gutted a major cost savings provision last year that was originally enacted in the 1990s.  My bill would restore that provision in a manner that complies with the court’s ruling. Once signed into law, this legislation will protect workers and save employers and the state millions of dollars.” 

House Bill 1840 would provide fair compensation for workers and increase the burial benefits for victims of workplace fatalities from $3,000 to $7,000. However, the major component would reduce WC costs for employers by hundreds of millions of dollars.

“This has been a major issue for Pennsylvania’s business community, which was being unfairly impacted by the court’s decision,” said Kauffman. “We need to work with our business community in order to retain and create more jobs here in the Commonwealth. By enacting pro-business legislation, we are also helping workers and the families they support.

“I look forward to having the governor sign House Bill 1840 into law,” added Kauffman.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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