Work Comp Bill Receives First Round Approval in Senate

February 15 – The Missouri Senate today gave first round approval to SB 572, Associated Industries of Missouri priority legislation that clarifies occupational diseases are covered under worker’s compensation and prevents employees from suing each other in worker’s comp injury cases.  Amendments were added to provide an employee that engages in an “affirmative negligent act” is not protected under the new language, and clarifying that the worker’s comp claim must be settled before any civil suit is filed and allowing the statute of limitations to be tolled while the work comp claim is in process.

AIM thanks Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey for his leadership in passing the bill and for all the senators that took part in negotiations to clear the path for this bill.

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