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Anti-worker Legislation introduced in 99thGeneral Assembly

Notoriously anti-worker (and anti-workers’ compensation) legislators have introduced proposed legislation with the goal of radically altering the Workers’ Compensation Act. Rep. Dwight Kay (R-112) and Senator Kyle McCarter (R-54) each offered similar legislation in February designed to limit the rights of workers injured on the job. The most damaging are discussed below. Follow the link to read the actual legislation.

SB 0770/HB 2418 – Attacks the Causation Standard and Limits Rights of Traveling Employees

Requires that an accident be the “major contributing cause” and “more than 50% responsible” for the injury AND excludes accidents if the hazard or risk the employee was exposed to is one that the employee would have been exposed to outside the employment.

A traveling employee must be “actively engaged in the duties of employment” to recover benefits if injured.

What would happen if this legislation became law?

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