The 2017 legislative session saw many workers’ compensation bills filed in both the House and Senate. However, they all boiled down to Senate Bill 66 (“SB66”). SB66 modifies eleven existing sections of The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law (Chapter 287.010, et. seq.). Governor Greitens signed the Bill on July 5 and it will become effective on August 28, 2017. Each significant amendment will be cited and discussed below.
Sec. 287.020 (Definitions):
Sec. 287.037 (Limited Liability Companies):
Sec. 287.120.6 (Liability of Employer – benefit reduction due to failed drug or alcohol testing):
Sec. 287.149 (Part of the vocational rehabilitation law - Secs. .144-149):
Sec. 287.170 (Temporary total disability):
Sec. 287.203 (Hardship hearing docket settings):
Sec 287.240 (Death Benefits):
Sec. 287.243 (Line of Duty Compensation Act):
Sec. 287.280 (Insurance/self-insurance required for all employers):
Section 287.390 (Compromise settlement provision):
Section 287.780 (Civil action for damages due to discrimination for exercising WC rights):
What pressing need was not addressed in SB 66? Answer: the need to deal with the employee’s ability to obtain an award of their full medical expenses without regard to their actual cost or remaining liability.
Question or comments? Contact James B. Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org, (314) 552-4020, or your regular Evans & Dixon Workers’ Compensation contact attorney.
Copyright: Evans & Dixon, L.L.C., 2017