Maine LD 698: An Act To Establish a Presumption of Impairment in the Line of Duty for Corrections Officers under the Workers’ Compensation Laws

LD 698 (subjects: WORKERS COMPENSATION , BENEFITS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=698&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Ralph Tucker of Brunswick: (D – District 50) — e-mail | Facebook

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 House Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin , REFERRED to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, in concurrence.
4/14/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Establish a Presumption of Impairment in the Line of Duty for Corrections Officers under the Workers’ Compensation Laws

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 39-A MRSA 328-C is enacted to read:

328-C. Heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer

Heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer is governed by this section.

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. “Corrections officer” means an employee of the State or of a county whose place of employment is a correctional facility as defined in Title 34-A, section 1001, subsection 6 or a county detention facility under Title 34-A, section 1208 or 1208-A and who is responsible for the care, custody or direct supervision of a person confined in a jail, prison or state correctional facility pursuant to an order of a court or as a result of an arrest.
B. “Heart disease” means a structural or functional abnormality of the heart, or of the blood vessels supplying the heart, that impairs the heart’s normal functioning.
C. “Hypertension” means a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated.

2. Presumption. If a corrections officer who contracts heart disease or hypertension has met the requirements of subsections 3, 6 and 7, there is a rebuttable presumption that the corrections officer contracted the heart disease or hypertension in the course of employment as a corrections officer and as a result of that employment, that sufficient notice of the heart disease or hypertension has been given and that the heart disease or hypertension was not occasioned by any willful act of the corrections officer to cause the heart disease or hypertension.
3. Medical tests. In order to be entitled to the presumption in subsection 2, during the time of employment as a corrections officer, the corrections officer must have undergone a standard, medically acceptable test for evidence of the heart disease or hypertension for which the presumption is sought or evidence of the medical conditions derived from the heart disease or hypertension, which test failed to indicate the presence or condition of heart disease or hypertension.
4. Liability if services performed for more than one employer. If a corrections officer who contracts heart disease or hypertension was employed as a corrections officer by more than one employer and qualifies for the presumption under subsection 2, and that presumption has not been rebutted, the employer and insurer at the time of the last substantial exposure to the risk of the heart disease or hypertension are liable under this Part.
5. Retired corrections officer. This section applies to a corrections officer who is diagnosed with heart disease or hypertension within 10 years of the corrections officer’s last active employment as a corrections officer or prior to attaining 70 years of age, whichever occurs first.
6. Length of service. In order to qualify for the presumption under subsection 2, the corrections officer must have been employed as a corrections officer for 5 years.
7. Written verification. In order to qualify for the presumption under subsection 2, a corrections officer must sign a written affidavit declaring, to the best of the corrections officer’s knowledge and belief, that the corrections officer’s diagnosed heart disease or hypertension is not prevalent among the corrections officer’s blood-related parents, grandparents or siblings and that the corrections officer has no substantial lifetime habits or personal activities that are associated with the corrections officer’s diagnosed heart disease or hypertension.

SUMMARY

This bill amends the workers’ compensation laws by adding a presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer was caused in the course of employment as a corrections officer, similar to the provisions presuming that cancer contracted by a firefighter was caused by exposure to carcinogens through firefighting duties.

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