MO Workers' Compensation: Protection of Employer Rights? That's Not Right
While MO workers' compensation is designed to empower employees and protect their well-being, it's also designed to limit the amount of exposure of financial risk a business takes on. Every year, there are news reports of both businesses and employees abusing the workers' compensation system in Missouri. Businesses are always looking for ways to lower their risk and to do more extensive research on potential employee candidates.
A recent bill, designed to give businesses more protection, failed to pass into law. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 34, which mandated the creation of a database of Missouri employees who have filed for workers' compensation. On Sept 11th, the house vote of 90-71 was short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto. Under the proposed bill, employers were to have access to the database during the interview process. The main reason for the veto, as stated in the Governor's response, centers on the protection of a citizen's privacy.
The Governor's response mentions the current rights of employers to request access to the state-held workers' compensation files for an employee, but only after a conditional offer has been made to the employee. Any information found must not be used to discriminate against the individual trying to get hired.
As a law firm in Columbia, MO, our partners work to protect your rights in situations involving workers' compensation. If you think your rights may have been violated, please contact us right away. While businesses do have a legal path to getting your workers' compensation history, they are not supposed to be using it to screen out candidates.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with personal injury and Workers' Compensation in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLCtoday for a free consultation or case review. Mike Holder manages our personal injury area of the practice. While we are based in Columbia, MO across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
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