workers' compensation http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-second-injury-fund-fixworkers-comp-bill-gov-nixon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the </span><a href="http://house.mo.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri House</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;It had already passed the </span><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Senate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:02:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/final-version-workers-compsecond-injury-fund-fix-passes-mo-senate-heads-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Early this morning, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would fix the state's ailing Second Injury Fund.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 07:08:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26403 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Workers' Comp, 2nd Injury Fund Fix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-gives-1st-round-approval-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-fix <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>on Tuesday night&nbsp;gave first-round approval to a workers’ compensation bill that includes a proposed fix for the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944728">Senate Bill 1</a> would replenish the fund by temporarily doubling the fees business may be charged, while restricting the types of injuries that would be covered.&nbsp; The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem02.htm">State Senator Scott Rupp</a> (R, Wentzville), calls it an ideal compromise. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:28:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 9244 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Workers' Comp, 2nd Injury Fund Fix Scaled-back workers' comp bill sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scaled-back-workers-comp-bill-sent-mo-gov-nixon <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a> and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Senate</a> have both passed a<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1540&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> scaled-back version </a>of a workers&rsquo; compensation reform bill.</p><p>The measure would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, but it leaves occupational disease claims within the court system and does not address the state&rsquo;s ailing Second Injury Fund.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">State Rep.&nbsp;Dave Schatz</a> (R,&nbsp;Sullivan) sponsored <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">a different workers&rsquo; comp bill </a>that addresses the fund and would move occupational disease claims to the workers&rsquo; comp system.&nbsp; He hopes it will pass, too. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:27:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3705 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scaled-back workers' comp bill sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon Troubled Ill. injury-claim system hit in audit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/troubled-ill-injury-claim-system-hit-audit <p>The state auditor says Illinois hands&nbsp;out workers&#39; compensation payments too easily and lacks enough&nbsp;employees to spot fraud.</p><p>Auditor General William Holland&#39;s report Wednesday recommends&nbsp;that lawmakers make further improvements to the troubled workers&#39;&nbsp;comp program.</p><p>Holland found compensation for on-the-job injuries was made&nbsp;without medical evidence. Some benefits were paid where no request&nbsp;had been made.</p><p>The state paid $295 million from 2007 to 2010.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:12:43 +0000 The Associated Press 3569 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Troubled Ill. injury-claim system hit in audit Nixon, House GOP negotiate on work-related bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-house-gop-negotiate-work-related-bills <p>Republican leaders in the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> say they&rsquo;ve been negotiating with <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;over the two bills he vetoed last month.</p><p>The governor vetoed bills that would <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">redefine workplace discrimination</a> and that <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244">would place occupational disease claims solely within the workers&rsquo; compensation system</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=106&amp;year=2012"> House Speaker Steven Tilley </a>(R, Perryville)&nbsp;says discussions have been productive, but that there&rsquo;s been no compromise reached yet. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:25:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3500 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon, House GOP negotiate on work-related bills Mo. House passes workers' comp, 2nd Injury Fund fix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-fix <p>The<a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">&nbsp;Missouri House </a>has passed<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> its version of a workers&rsquo; compensation bill </a>that also proposes to fix the state&rsquo;s ailing Second Injury Fund.</p><p>The vote again fell mostly along party lines, passing&nbsp;92 to&nbsp;56, with one lawmaker&nbsp;voting &quot;present.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;The measure&nbsp;would place occupational disease claims back within the workers&rsquo; comp system and would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses.&nbsp;&nbsp;Democrats, including <a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=046">Kevin McManus </a>of Kansas City, objects to&nbsp;moving claims out of the courts and back to workers&#39; comp. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:29:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3471 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes workers' comp, 2nd Injury Fund fix Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-dealing-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-approved-mo-house <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House </a>has given first-round approval to <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">another workers&rsquo; compensation bill</a>.</p><p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;vetoed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244"> a similar bill </a>last month that originated in the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Senate</a>.&nbsp; The House version contains most of the same provisions &ndash; it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would&nbsp;restore occupational disease claims within the workers&rsquo; comp system.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=108">State Rep.&nbsp;Jacob Hummel </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) debated with the bill&rsquo;s sponsor, <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">Dave Schatz </a>(R, Sullivan). Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:40:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3422 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House Mo. Senate overrides veto on workers' comp, but the House likely won't http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-overrides-veto-workers-comp-house-likely-wont <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> today overrode a veto&nbsp;by <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;that would make changes to the state&rsquo;s workers&rsquo; compensation system.</p><p>But the likelihood that the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">House</a> will also override the Governor&rsquo;s veto is virtually nonexistent, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=089&amp;year=2012">Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones </a>(R, Eureka).&nbsp; He says they just don&rsquo;t have the votes, even within their own party.</p><p>&ldquo;We would have to first convince our caucus,&quot; Jones&nbsp;said.&nbsp; &quot;And even if we did, we&rsquo;re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point&hellip;that&rsquo;s a tough vote.&rdquo; Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:34:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3383 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate overrides veto on workers' comp, but the House likely won't Nixon vetoes workplace discrimination and workers' comp bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-vetoes-workplace-discrimination-and-workers-comp-bills <p>Governor Jay Nixon&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;has vetoed two workplace-related bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this year.&nbsp; They are the first&nbsp;vetoes issued this year.</p><p>First, he vetoed <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">the House version of the workplace discrimination bill</a>, which would have redefined discrimination as a &ldquo;motivating factor&rdquo; instead of a &ldquo;contributing factor&rdquo; in any action taken by an employer against a worker.&nbsp; The<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9271"> Senate version of the bill </a>is still alive, however.&nbsp; It was sponsored by <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem12.htm">State&nbsp;Senator Brad Lager</a> (R, Savannah). Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:45:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon vetoes workplace discrimination and workers' comp bills