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Bill could restrict benefits of Workers Compensation

Bill could restrict benefits of Workers Compensation



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Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio A bill restricting Workers Compensation benefits to undocumented workers and convicts is already facing a tough battle.

The bill would revoke benefits for people who commit a crime, or are here illegally.

However, critics say individual companies need to be more responsible for undocumented workers. "The employers need to take some accountability. The employers shouldn't have hired them in the first place," explained Brian Kelm, with the Workers Compensation Advisory Board.

Kelm says the bill penalizes people who may have had nothing to do with potential crimes. "Who is it affecting? The family back home; the wife and kids who now don't have the means of support," he said.

The bill's supporters say it keeps people from taking advantage of Workers Comp, and that the system is not a welfare program.

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