The Source: Texas Only State To Not Require Workers' Comp Insurance

Jul 8, 2014

Houston construction workers
Credit Bill Jacobus / cc

In his new series "Hurting for Work" the Texas Tribune's Jay Root explores the lack of protections for workers in Texas.  

Some of the main findings:

•    Texas stands alone in allowing employers to forgo workers’ comp insurance, and over 500,000 workers have no coverage if they are hurt or killed.

•    Texas doesn’t regulate private occupational insurance, which often provides fewer due process rights and stingier benefits than workers’ comp.

•    More than 90 percent of employers without workers’ comp



  • Jay Root, reporter at the Texas Tribune
  • Fabiola Flores, staff attorney on the employment team for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid