Archive for Saturday, February 19, 2005

House passes workers’ comp bill on drug use

February 19, 2005


— Workers seeking compensation from their employers for on-the-job injuries would face new rules if their bosses suspected alcohol or drugs were involved, under a bill approved Friday by the House.

Supporters said the measure would prevent employers from covering medical expenses and providing other benefits when a worker's injury results from drug or alcohol abuse.

The vote was 103-17 and sent the measure to the Senate.

State law already says an employer doesn't have to provide workers' compensation benefits if drug or alcohol use contributes to an employee's injury or death. Even with prescription or over-the-counter medicines, an employee must show the drug was being used properly.

The bill deals with disputes between employers and workers over compensation, which sometimes must be resolved by state administrative judges. The changes govern when evidence can be introduced in hearings.

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