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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Proposed NC Law Would End Workplace Injury Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

A proposal in the state Senate would take away medical benefits paid to injured workers’ who are here illegally.  If passed, this would be a major change from the current law in this state and other states.  The Raleigh News & Observer reports the provision was added to another unrelated bill at the last minute and there is opposition to the new law from business advocates and workers’ compensation attorneys. http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/03/3983906/nc-legislation-would-end-workplace.html

Opponents to the law state that migrant workers often take the most dangerous jobs and this is a way that would make it even cheaper to employ immigrant labor.   Further, it could lead to increased costs passed on to taxpayers, and prevent businesses from being accountable for unsafe workplaces.

If you have been injured on the job, you should consult an attorney regarding your rights.

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