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Missouri workers’ compensation reforms advance

St. Louis Business Journal

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 4:17pm CST

A Missouri House committee approved two bills Thursday that would turn back recent court rulings on workers’ compensation.

The House Committee on Workforce Development and Safety approved House Bill 91, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nolte, R-Gladstone, which would protect an employee from being sued by another employer for harm caused during a workplace accident.

The committee also passed House Bill 162, sponsored by Rep. Barney Fisher, R-Richards, which would require occupational diseases to be covered by workers’ compensation.

A Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry official testified in favor of the legislation, arguing that employers may find it difficult to recruit and retain employees in key supervisory and safety positions without offering to indemnify them against lawsuits by co-workers, because such suits are no longer barred by workers’ compensation laws.

“I think everyone can agree that allowing employees to sue each other will create havoc in the workplace and is not good for the employees or employers,” Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber, testified during the bill’s hearing.

Similar legislation is also in the Missouri Senate.

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  1. January 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Interesting that this is detering folks from key supervisory and safety positions.

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