Friday, January 13, 2006

Worker Safety, Employer Cash

North Dakota employers are pocketing credits on their workers' compensation insurance premiums totaling $46 million.

Business groups like the idea. That $46 million will go into the bank accounts of businesses. They can use it to invest in expansion -- or pocket it for themselves.

Critics -- like the state's AFL-CIO -- point out North Dakota's workers comp system gets low ratings compared to the rest of the nation. They want the mone to go back as vouchers that would only be good if employers used them to buy safety equipment or upgrade existing equipment. They say it would prevent worker injuries in the future. (The Forum)

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