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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Scarlet Letter - Workers' Compensation Style

Privacy, that was thought to be a paramount concern for individuals in workers' compensation, is now going away in Missouri. The Missouri legislature passed legislation that will allow employers to review the pending claim status of prospective employees to determine whether they have filed any workers' compensation claims. Injured workers in Missouri will now be stigmatized as a result of filing a workers' compensation claim.

"The division shall develop and maintain a workers' compensation claims database, accessible to potential employers through the division's website, containing all claims filed for compensation under this chapter. Claims records shall be retrievable only by an employer who during a pre-hire period provides a potential employee's name and social security number and shall, upon retrieval, identify the date of any claim made by such potential employee and whether the claim is open or closed."

To view the enacted bill SB34 go to