HB 321 – Second Injury Fund. Changes
the laws regarding the Second Injury Fund. Among other provisions, this
legislation allows any entity required to pay the annual surcharge to the
second injury fund to claim a credit against any income tax owed; repeals the $40
per week benefit paid out of the fund to an injured employee who is receiving
physical rehabilitation; specifies that all claims for permanent disability
where there has been a previous disability and the injury occurred before July
1, 2013 to be compensated under current law and must be filed by July 1, 2015.
Specifies that any injury occurring after July 1, 2013,
will not be payable from the second injury fund, but will be payable by the
employer or its insurer; specifies that payments from the fund for the injury
or death of an employee of an uninsured employer that occurred on or after July
1, 2013, will be eliminated; establishes a specific priority for paying any
liabilities of the fund; specifies that when all liabilities against the fund
have ended, the director must continue to collect the surcharge for the
remainder of the calendar year and transfer any remaining balance to the
workers’ compensation fund on January 1 of the following year.
HB 333 – Funding the Second
Injury Fund. Changes the laws regarding the collection of sales and
use taxes and funding the Second Injury Fund.
HB 430 – Uniform experience
rating plan. Changes the laws regarding the uniform experience
rating plan of workers’ compensation insurance.
HB 466 – Family Business Growth
Act. Establishes the Family Business Growth Act which allows up to
two members of an employer’s family to opt out of workers’ compensation
HCS SS#2 SCS SB 1 – Workers’ compensation, occupational
disease, Second Injury Fund. Modifies the law relating to workers’
compensation. Among other provisions, this legislation specifically states that
occupational diseases are exclusively covered under workers’ compensation laws;
defines occupational diseases due to toxic exposure.
Requires that claims filed after the effective date of
the act against the fund involving subsequent compensable injuries that are
occupational diseases to be compensated as other second injury fund claims are
compensated; disallows claims for permanent partial disability against the fund
after the effective date of the act – claims for permanent total disability
shall only be allowed for instances where there exists a medically documented
preexisting permanent disability caused by military duty or a preexisting
permanent partial disability equaling a maximum of 50 weeks of compensation
which is either a direct result of active military duty, a compensable injury,
an injury that is not compensable but aggravates the subsequent injury, or a
preexisting permanent partial disability of an extremity, loss of eyesight in
one eye, or loss of hearing in one ear and there is subsequent work-related
injury to the opposite extremity, eye or ear;
Places limitations on when the Treasurer may enter into
agreed statements of fact and compromise settlements, capped at $60,000 for
claims other than permanent total disability for claims filed prior to the
effective date of the act, and capped at 200 times the employee’s permanent
total disability rate for all claims; states that the fund will no longer cover
expenses relating to the death and injury of employees of uninsured employers.
SS SB 34 – Workers’ compensation
database. Requires the Division of Workers’ Compensation to develop
and maintain a workers’ compensation claims database.
SB 255 – ALJ Review Committee. Removes
the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation as a member of the
Administrative Law Judge Review Committee.
SB 292 – Workers compensation
overpayment tax refund. Allows for a refund for workers’
compensation tax overpayments.