HB 90 is scheduled to be heard in the House Business and Labor committee on January 12, 2015 at 10 a.m.
HB 90 contains a couple of notable, but not overwhelming, changes. The proposal would require notification be made in writing to injured workers when the claim is transferred to a new claims examiner. The notice would be required within 14 days of the change in examiners.
The other change of note impacting injured workers is the insertion of the phrase "paid time off" into 39-71-736, MCA when calculating the waiting period. This is a small but helpful change as more employers move away from leave plans that specifically distinguish between sick leave and vacation. With increasing frequency, employers offer blended leave policies labeled "PTO" or paid time off.
HB 90 is sponsored by Andrea Olsen (D) of Missoula.
UPDATE (1/12/15): HB 90 passed through committee on a 19-0 vote.