workers compensation

8:12 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. court expands legal rights for injured workers

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The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who are fired from their jobs.

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PM Newscasts
4:39 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

PM Newscast for September 25, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • House Rep. LaFaver does not plan to contest drug charges
  • MU museum to move early
  • Mo. workers' compensation rates may increase
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3:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mo. workers' compensation insurance rates may increase

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Missouri businesses could face significantly higher costs for workers' compensation insurance next year.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects Missouri insurers will see an 11.6 percent increase in their claim costs in 2014.

This increase is driven partly by a new Missouri law that seeks to shore up the Second Injury Fund, which is for disabled workers who suffer additional on-the-job injuries. The law shifts some types of claims out of that fund and into traditional workers' compensation insurance.

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5:46 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon vetoes bill making worker compensation claims available to employers online

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation today that would have created an online database of workers' compensation claims and made it accessible to employers.

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4:54 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of disability fund

There's not enough money in the state's Second Injury Fund to compensate for unpaid obligations.
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A report from the Missouri auditor confirms that a state fund for disabled workers is insolvent.

State Auditor Tom Schweich said Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.

The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury. Auditors and financial analysts have warned for several years that the fund was on a path toward insolvency. But lawmakers have done nothing to address it.

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PM Newscasts
6:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Newscast for December 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Traffic fatalities up in 2012 according to MoDOT
  • Republicans to tackle workers' compensation
  • MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science
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4:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Republicans to tackle workers' compensation

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.

Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature plan to make another attempt at revising the state's workers' compensation laws.

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4:22 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Disturbing worship service now a crime in Missouri

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:23 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law more than two dozen bills covering a variety of topics, including disturbances of worship services, workers' compensation and child care providers.

The governor's office announced the bill signings Tuesday. One measure makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt or interrupt a worship service with profanity, noise or indecent behavior. Violators could face fines of up to $500 and six months in jail.

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8:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Workers' compensation reform bill on the way to Nixon

The Missouri legislature has approved a scaled-back version of a workers' compensation reform bill. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
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The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill. 

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6:46 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Newscast for May 15, 2012

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10:54 am
Mon May 14, 2012

A few hot-button items left for last week of Mo. legislative session

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 am

Most of the big issues this legislative session were tied to the state budget, which has been passed and sent to Governor Jay Nixon.  That has many political pundits wondering if the last week of the 2012 session will be anticlimactic.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, there are still a few hot-button items left to fight over.

Workers' comp

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4:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon now open to compromise on workers' comp.

After vetoing a bill that would have changed the state's workers' compensation system, Missouri's governor now says he would be open to a compromise with Republican lawmakers.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he would sign legislation that would prevent employees from suing their co-workers over on-the-job injuries.

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9:12 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Mo. House moves to fix injury fund

The Missouri House has passed its version of a workers’ compensation bill that also proposes to fix the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.  The vote again fell mostly along party lines.

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AM Newscasts
9:11 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Newscast for March 30, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • House unlikely to override veto on workers' comp bill
  • Jumping jacks one step closer to officialdom
  • House passes medical conscience bill
8:52 am
Fri March 30, 2012

House unlikely to override veto on workers' comp bill

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The Missouri Senate yesterday overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon to a measure that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system. But that move will likely have no effect, as there is little chance the House will also override the Governor’s veto.

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5:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mo. Senate overrides veto on workers' comp, but the House likely won't

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 4:04 pm

The Missouri Senate today overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system.

But the likelihood that the House will also override the Governor’s veto is virtually nonexistent, according to Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka).  He says they just don’t have the votes, even within their own party.

“We would have to first convince our caucus," Jones said.  "And even if we did, we’re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point…that’s a tough vote.”

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AM Newscasts
10:17 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Newscast for March 8, 2012

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  • House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars
  • City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units
  • Opponents of blight designation voice concerns