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Senate Bill 0052


Senate Bill 0052

ARCHIVE (2000)

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DIGEST OF SB 52 (Updated February 23, 2000 4:05 PM - DI 96)


Makes numerous changes regarding worker's compensation and unemployment compensation, including the following changes to worker's compensation: Increases the compensation benefits per degree of permanent impairment for worker's compensation and occupational disease over a three year period. Provides that if a determination of eligibility for worker's compensation is not made within 30 days and the employer is subsequently determined to be liable to pay compensation, the first installment of compensation must include the accrued weekly compensation and interest at the legal rate computed from the date 14 days after the disability begins. Requires an employer to reimburse an injured employee for loss of wages when treatment or travel to or from the place of treatment causes a loss of working time to the employee. Establishes a formula based on the Consumer Price Index to determine the amount of worker's compensation due for injuries, deaths and occupational diseases occurring on or after July 1, 2003. Increases the worker's compensation death benefit. Creates disabled from trade compensation. Creates the occupational disease second injury fund. Provides that upon reasonable notice and upon the employee's presentation of a written consent for release of the employee's health records, the physician or surgeon must supply to the employee, the employee's attorney, or another authorized representative, the health records (including x-rays) possessed by the physician or surgeon concerning the employee. Prohibits an employer or insurance carrier from transferring an employee from a treating medical service provider to another medical service provider without the employee's consent. Restricts employer and insurance representatives from being present at an employee medical examination unless the employee consents. Makes changes to unemployment compensation, including the following: (1) Makes changes as to the issue of default as to assessment. (2) Provides that the directors and officers of an employer have personal liability for unemployment assessments owed by the employer. (3) Allows unemployment insurance records to be disclosed if the individual and the employing unit authorize the disclosure. (4) Provides that the health professions bureau and the professional licensing agency may allow the department of workforce development to have access to the name of each person who has a license or has applied for a license, and that a professional license may be denied to a person who has unpaid liability with the department of workforce development. Makes conforming amendments.
    Current Status:
     Returned to House of origin with Amendments
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