One State Senator said perhaps the most notable item from the 2013 legislative session is bringing solvency back to the Second Injury Fund. Click to hear Brad Lager speak about the First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly.
Lager said that clarification was finally established for the workers compensation fund. He said the system has been broken and the challenges have come from court interpretations. ” We were able to clarify those in statute which will hopefully bring a better balance so those individuals who were truly hurt at work get taken care of and get the funding they need.” He added that those who are currently abusing the system will hopefully stop receiving funds. Lager also pointed out one legislative success that relates to economic development.
“Our unemployment compensation system is broke. Even people who were fired for stealing, drinking, or being high on the job still received unemployment benefits. With the changes we made this year we will hopefully bring much needed reform.” Lager said he believes adjustments to the unemployment compensation system could be one of the greatest cost savers Missouri employers have seen if the bill is signed into law. The First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly concluded on May 17th.