Friday, March 18, 2011

Capitol Briefing: Senate Approves Employee Protection Measure

JEFFERSON CITY Before the Senate adjourned for its mid-session recess, lawmakers gave initial approval to a measure to protect co-employees from personal lawsuits

Senate Bill 8 received initial approval on Tuesday.  The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, ensures that co-employees will not be held responsible for workplace injuries under the workers' compensation system, except when they engage in a negligent act that purposefully and dangerously caused or increased the risk of injury.

The bill would abrogate an appeals court decision in Robinson v Hooker that opened up co-employees to a higher risk of being sued for accidents at work. The decision was made in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District on August 3, 2010.

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