DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Worker's compensation claims. Provides that an employer shall not discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee because the employee files a claim for compensation or exercises any right afforded the employee under the worker's compensation or occupational diseases law. Establishes a process for the worker's compensation board (board) to investigate and hear complaints alleging violations. Establishes a civil penalty for violations equal to twice the amount of the employee's losses resulting from the violation, including back wages and other losses, plus any investigative costs incurred and documented by the board. Establishes the worker's compensation claimants' fund (fund) to receive, hold, and disburse funds to compensate employees who have been discharged or discriminated against by an employer. Requires the board to adopt rules governing the computation and payment of compensation from the fund to eligible employees. Provides that money in the fund is annually appropriated to the board to carry out the purposes of the fund.