Controversial workers comp provision dropped from bill

Posted by Lynn Bonner on July 16, 2014 

A controversial provision to take away medical benefits from workers in the country illegally was dropped Wednesday from a new version of a bill on criminal law changes.

Sen. Thom Goolsby, a New Hanover Republican, said the issue was "better dealt with in the long session."

Under the provision, workers would not have been eligible for workers compensation if they used fake documents to get hired and employers could show they were tricked.

Critics of the provision said it would allow employers to ignore obviously false documents, drop a protection that shields businesses from lawsuits and lead to unpaid hospital bills.

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