Friday 14 January 2022 | 0
A series of bills were introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives that proposed changes to workers’ compensation standards.
HB 2016 seeks to replace the prevailing factor norm for workers’ compensation with a substantial factor norm. The bill would eliminate the rule that “an injury cannot be reimbursed solely because it aggravates, accelerates or worsens a pre-existing condition or makes a pre-existing condition symptomatic.”
HB 2041 seeks to determine that workers’ compensation benefits for employees who are receiving Social Security or retirement benefits at the time of an accident will not be reduced as a result of the receipt of Social Security or retirement benefits.
HB 2017 would amend the denial of workers’ compensation benefits for fighting or horseplay, if not work-related, and clarify the wording of the legal definition of horseplay.
Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, introduced the three bills on Tuesday. They were referred to the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, where they are currently under consideration.
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