The proposed legislation in Montana would make workers injured by employer-mandated vaccinations eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Senate Bill 369, introduced last week, would provide workers’ compensation for employees who suffer “serious adverse events” after receiving vaccines that are a condition of employment.
The language in the proposed bill defines “serious adverse events” as death or a life-threatening illness, hospitalization, a congenital anomaly or birth defect, a persistent or significant incapacity or “substantial interference with the ability to perform normal life functions,” and medical events requiring surgery.
The bill is not retroactive, so if they joined the law, employees would only be covered for injuries that occur after the legislation came into force.
A hearing on the bill has been scheduled for Wednesday before the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee.