For anyone interested in the workers’ comp reform bill, HB 2486, the hearing before Marcus Oshiro’s Committee on Labor and Public Employment is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at 9 a.m. in State Capitol Auditorium.

To see the committee notice, go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/hearingnotices/lab_02-17-04_2_.htm

Here is the bill’s description:

Establishes a definition for the term “attending physician”. Excludes from the definition of “employment” service performed by a member of a limited liability company, a partner of a partnership, a partner of a limited liability partnership, and a sole proprietor. Disallows compensation for mental injury or illness caused by good faith personnel actions. Allows an employer to require an injured employee to select a physician from an employer designated healthcare provider list for medical service for the first 120 days of treatment. Limits charges for emergency room services. Revises provisions relating to plans of rehabilitation. Clarifies when benefits may be terminated if a false claim is filed. Validates arbitration agreements and mediation. Allows the Insurance Fraud Investigations Branch to initiate prosecutions and disciplinary actions.

See an Acrobat Adobe pdf version of the state Department of Labor’s testimony at: “Workers Comp Testimony file”

”’Sam Slom is the executive director and president of Small Business Hawaii, a small business advocacy organization, and a Republican Senator representing the East Oahu district in the Hawaii State Senate. He can be reached at Small Business Hawaii at (808) 394-1724 or via email at:”’ mailto:sbh@lava.net ”’See more columns at:”’ http://www.smallbusinesshawaii.org

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