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Election results could influence workers' compensation

President Trump vowed to reign in government bureaucracy and slash red tape during a contentious election campaign, and his victory on Nov. 8 may have an effect on workers' compensation programs in South Carolina and around the country. The U.S. Department of Labor has called for the workers' compensation system to be completely revised, but the minimum standards that the federal agency wants will now have to withstand the scrutiny of an executive branch that views government regulations as a hindrance to business growth and job creation.

Another federal agency that deals with workplace safety issues is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has switched its focus in recent years from educating employers and workers about safety issues to enforcing regulations, but Trump has criticized zealous enforcement practices. The outsourcing of American jobs was a hot-button topic during the campaign, and Trump has promised to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States by making the nation's regulatory environment more business-friendly.

Trump has also said that he would repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act. While details of what a replacement health care bill might contain are sparse, experts say that less restrictive legislation could actually lower workers' compensation costs for employers. Many insurers have raised rates or backed out of health insurance marketplaces entirely in recent years, but the passage of a revised version of President Obama's landmark legislation could lead to increased competition and lower prices according to experts.

Attorneys familiar with workers' compensation claims would likely support efforts to simplify the application process for injured or sick workers. The paperwork involved in filing a workers' compensation claim can be bewildering, and even minor errors could cause delays. Attorneys could help injured workers to avoid such pitfalls by ensuring that their documentation is complete, supported by medical evidence and submitted in a timely manner.

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