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PartnerSource Founder: Facts Ignored in Challenge to Oklahoma’s Workers’ Comp Option

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Bill Minick, with the Dallas-based injury benefit consulting firm, PartnerSource, has been working on workers' compensation alternative systems for 27 years in Texas and two years in Oklahoma. By his own admission, he's passionate about the issue.

A strong supporter of both the workers' comp nonsubscriber system in Texas and the Oklahoma Option in that state, Minick says those who are challenging the constitutionality of the 2013 Oklahoma law allowing companies to create their own worker injury benefit plan are overlooking the actual facts in the case that is now being considered by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Ruling in Vasquez v. Dillards in February, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission found the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act to be unconstitutional and "not enforceable." Minick says, however, that the OWCC never actually found that the employee at the center of the case was harmed by her employer's alternative workers' comp plan and that Oklahoma Option opponents are over-reaching in their challenge to Oklahoma's 2013 legislative reforms.

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