Bill Status of HB4248 99th General Assembly
Short Description: WORKERS' COMPENSATION-VARIOUS
Rep. Jim Durkin
| 1/10/2017||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that, to obtain compensation under the Act, an employee bears the burden of showing, by a preponderance of the credible evidence, that he or she has sustained accidental injuries arising out of and in the course of the employment and the accidental injuries arising out of and in the course of the employment are the major contributing cause of the medical condition or injury for which compensation is being sought. Defines "major contributing cause". Provides that accidental injuries are not considered to be arising out of and in the course of employment under specified circumstances; adds provisions regarding certain injuries; provides that an injury, its occupational cause, and any resulting manifestations or disability must be established to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, based on objective relevant medical findings; and adds provisions regarding employees who are traveling or on a break. Makes changes regarding workers' compensation insurance. Provides for a reduction of an award by amounts an injured worker has previously received for prior injuries that resulted in permanency awards. Reduces certain payments under fee schedules. Provides that the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, rather than the Director of Insurance, shall adopt rules regarding electronic claims. Provides that the Commission shall establish the Workers' Compensation Ombudsman Program within the Commission and sets forth the Program's responsibilities. Creates the Workers' Compensation Edit, Alignment, and Reform Commission to develop a proposed recodification of the Workers' Compensation Act. Provides that the Commission shall procure and implement a computer system to replace its current computer system. Makes changes regarding unlawful acts and penalties. Makes other changes.