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I think the above says it all.....

asked Dec 04 '12 at 07:30

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Are you asking in general, or if laws mandating companies pay workers compensation in event of on-the-job injury are proper?

(Dec 04 '12 at 09:28) JK Gregg ♦ JK%20Gregg's gravatar image

Yes, Mr. Gregg, that will do for a start.

(Dec 04 '12 at 11:11) Louise Louise's gravatar image

I ask "A or B?" and you reply "Yes." Which one are you talking about? Can you edit your question to be more specific?

(Dec 04 '12 at 12:25) JK Gregg ♦ JK%20Gregg's gravatar image

Both, please; I want to gain as much knowledge as possible.

(Dec 04 '12 at 12:53) Louise Louise's gravatar image
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A salient feature of workers compensation in the United States is its "no fault" aspect--that is, employers must pay eligible claimants but in turn receive immunity from liability. One can imagine a legitmate legal framework for such an arrangement, but it should be voluntary. Currently, it is not. Indeed, in some states (and in most other developed countries), WC insurance is a government monopoly. WC laws often come with other strings attached, such as mandatory fee schedules for medical providers. A partial exception is Texas, where employers may opt out of WC and in turn waive immunity.

(Dec 25 '12 at 17:24) El Manantial El%20Manantial's gravatar image
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As a philosophy, Objectivism has nothing to say about worker's compensation in particular. However, I think the operative principle is individual rights. Objectivism holds that individuals and companies (by extension, since a company is a group of individuals) have the right to trade freely with others. This means having the choice to either offer or not offer worker's compensation as part of their employment agreement. Workers, for their part, are free to refuse to work for a company which doesn't offer such terms. The government has no place to require or prohibit such a practice.

answered Feb 04 '13 at 02:21

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