The Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to make it easier for the Court of First Instance to compensate workers for getting COVID-19 at work.
H.B. 2239 would add COVID-19 to the list of occupational diseases and assume that first-time responders who acquire coronavirus did so in the course of their employment, unless their employer proves with overwhelming evidence that the virus has been contracted elsewhere.
First respondents in the bill are defined as police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and emergency medical providers. If it is signed into law, the bill would enter into force immediately.
The House also passed a bill on Monday amending the Workers' Compensation Act to make the failure to report a significant income change while receiving disability benefits.
H.B. 2236, which was approved by 68-26 votes, would require employees receiving temporary total invalidity benefits to report any significant changes in their income to their employer, employee compensation insurer or third-party administrator or be subject to a criminal penalty of up to seven years in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 1
If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force on November 1, 2021.
Both bills will be submitted to the State Senate for consideration. Catalog
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