Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on May 7 signed into law legislation creating new penalties for workers’ compensation fraud.
The legislative summary for House Bill 2236 states that anyone “failing to report to an employer, insurance carrier, or third-party administrator any earned income while receiving temporary total disability benefits,” could be subject to felony charges.
The measure also revises qualifications for employment in the state’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit. It requires “personnel to be certified as a peace officer by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training in lieu of a minimum of 3 years of certified law enforcement experience.”
The new law goes into effect on Nov. 1, 2021.
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