H.B.227. Worker's Compensation Benefits for First Responders

Florida House of Representatives
Last action 9 months ago
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Summary

                    Workers’ compensation laws require employers to pay certain compensation or furnish certain benefits if an employee suffers an accidental compensable injury or death arising out of work performed in the course and the scope of the employment. Current law establishes the conditions under which a mental or nervous injury is compensated under workers’ compensation laws. Generally, mental or nervous injuries without an accompanying physical injury requiring medical treatment are not compensable. However, Florida law provides that medical benefits for first responders who experience a mental or nervous injury without an accompanying physical injury are compensable. While medical treatment is covered, first responders without an accompanying physical injury may not receive indemnity benefits.
                
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                    The bill revises workers’ compensation standards to provide indemnity benefits for a mental or nervous injury of a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic, whether or not such injury is accompanied by a physical injury requiring medical treatment. A law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who entered service before July 1, 2018, is entitled to receive such indemnity benefits if:

- The mental or nervous injury resulted from the individual acting within the course of his or her employment and such individual witnessed a murder, suicide, fatal injury, child death, or mass killing or treated or transported a deceased child or the victim of a murder, suicide, or fatal injury; and - The mental or nervous injury is demonstrated by clear and convincing medical evidence by a licensed psychiatrist to meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association. The diagnosis must have been made within two years of when the individual witnessed the murder, suicide, fatal injury, child death, or mass killing or treated or transported the deceased child or the victim of a murder, suicide, or fatal injury.

A law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who enters service on or after July 1, 2018, is entitled to receive the indemnity benefits if the individual meets the above requirements and also passes a pre-employment mental health examination that fails to reveal any diagnosis of PTSD, if the prospective employer provided such examination.

The bill also requires an employing agency of a first responder to provide educational training related to mental health awareness, prevention, mitigation, and treatment.

The bill may have an indeterminate negative fiscal impact on the state and local governments. See Fiscal Comments section.
                

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Actions

  • Laid on Table, refer to CS/CS/SB 376

    Mon, Mar 5th 2018
  • Substituted CS/CS/SB 376

    Mon, Mar 5th 2018
  • Placed on 3rd reading

    Fri, Mar 2nd 2018
  • Read 2nd time

    Fri, Mar 2nd 2018
  • CS/CS/CS by Government Accountability Committee read 1st time -HJ 685, 686

    Tue, Feb 27th 2018
  • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/02/18

    Tue, Feb 27th 2018
  • Placed on Calendar

    Tue, Feb 27th 2018
  • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.18(c)

    Tue, Feb 27th 2018
  • CS/CS/CS by- Government Accountability Committee; YEAS 19 NAYS 0

    Mon, Feb 26th 2018
  • On Committee agenda-- Government Accountability Committee, 02/26/18, 2:00 pm, Morris Hall

    Sun, Feb 25th 2018
  • Now in Government Accountability Committee

    Mon, Feb 19th 2018
  • CS/CS by Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 602, 603

    Fri, Feb 16th 2018
  • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c)

    Fri, Feb 16th 2018
  • CS/CS by Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; YEAS 11 NAYS 0

    Tue, Feb 13th 2018
  • On Committee agenda-- Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, 02/13/18, 9:30 am, Morris Hall

    Fri, Feb 9th 2018
  • Now in Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee

    Mon, Feb 5th 2018
  • CS by Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee read 1st time

    Wed, Jan 31st 2018
  • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c)

    Wed, Jan 31st 2018
  • CS by Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0

    Tue, Jan 30th 2018
  • On Committee agenda-- Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee, 01/30/18, 8:30 am, Morris Hall

    Fri, Jan 26th 2018
  • Introduced

    Tue, Jan 9th 2018
  • Referred to Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee

    Thu, Oct 12th 2017
  • Filed

    Tue, Oct 3rd 2017