2006 WORKERS' COMPENSATION LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Following is The Business Council's 2006 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2006.
- Support payment of comp benefits in a non-scheduled permanent-partial
impairment case to a minimum of 250 weeks and a maximum of 500
- Support adoption of objective medical guidelines to determine
the degree of disability in permanent-partial disability cases.The
guidelines should consider anatomic and functional disability
and provide a standardized, replicable method for physicians
to use to determine comprehensive, whole person impairment percentages.
reduction in the assessment for the second injury fund from
150 percent of the prior year disbursements to 115 percent.
partial benefit offset when the claimant begins to receive,
or becomes eligible for, pension and/or social security benefits.
payment of scheduled awards at one-half the claimant's total
disability for periods that do not represent actual time lost.
amendments to sections 240 and 241 of the labor law to create
a comparative negligence standard on third party suits.
prohibiting payment of benefits if the employee injures themselves
during the perpetration of an illegal act or if the injury
occurred under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Support changing
the methodology for comp assessments for self-insured trusts
(and safety groups and the State Fund, if they desire). After
the change, the self-insured trusts should be responsible for
collecting their same share of total assessments without shifting
any of the responsibility to other insurers in the system.
- Support aggressive pursuit of fraudulent cases in the comp system.