On Wednesday, Nebraska lawmakers passed legislation that would allow the probation service to seek compensation for mental illness workers and revise the lump sum rules.
L.B. 407, which approved the legislature unanimously, would amend the State Employees' Compensation Act to enable the probation service to claim mental illnesses acquired at work without the attendant physical injury. At present, the law only allows first-time inspectors and frontline employees to file a claim on a mental health worker without physical injury.
L.B. 256, passed by a 32-3 vote, amends the Workers 'Compensation Act to remove the requirement that the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court must approve a one-time settlement if the injured worker's right to future medical, surgical and hospital services is specifically excluded from the settlement.
The bills will go to Pete Ricketts' government for his signature.