Thomas A. Robinson on 2009 State-by-State Survey of Key Workers' Compensation Legislative Changes (January -- November 1, 2009)

Thomas A. Robinson on 2009 State-by-State Survey of Key Workers' Compensation Legislative Changes (January -- November 1, 2009)

This Emerging Issues Analysis by Thomas A. Robinson contains a state-by-state survey of key workers compensation legislative changes during the period from January through November 2009.
 
 “Overall, it has been quite an active year,” Robinson writes. “Legislatures in California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming were particularly busy, successfully passing multiple bills affecting a host of issues.”
 
“Reflecting concerns about misclassification of employees as independent contractors--particularly in the construction industry--at least a dozen states either broadened the definition of employee so as to cover more on-site workers within the scope of workers' compensation or otherwise added requirements to the state Act that construction firms supply workers' compensation insurance coverage on all who labor under the general contractor and subcontractors,” Robinson explains. “Responding to the particular dangers faced by so-called ‘first-responders,’ more than ten states added or expanded statutory presumptions of coverage for firefighters, police officers and others who contract cancer or other diseases during the years they serve the public.”
 
“2010 promises to be yet another active year when it comes to workers' compensation issues. One cannot necessarily draw any conclusion from the fact that a state or group of states fails to pass any comp legislation during the year,” concludes the author.
 
(Article length: approx. 35 pages)
 
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