PA 10-37—sHB 5282

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS PERTAINING TO CERTAIN DISEASES

SUMMARY: Under this act, a paid municipal or volunteer firefighter, municipal police officer, constable, or volunteer ambulance service member is eligible for workers' compensation benefits for diseases, including the following, if they arise out of and are in the course of employment: (1) hepatitis, (2) meningococcal meningitis, (3) tuberculosis, (4) Kahler's Disease (multiple myeloma), (5) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, (6) prostate cancer, or (7) testicular cancer. As with all workers' compensation claims, the disease must result in death or temporary or permanent total or partial disability in order to be eligible for benefits (i. e. , it must cause at least some loss of work time). Since workers' compensation law already covers any disabling injury or illness that arises out of and in the course of employment, it is unlikely that this act has any legal effect.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

Arising Out of and In the Course of Employment

By law, “arising out of and in the course of employment” means an accidental injury or an occupational disease originating while an employee was engaged in the line of duty in the business or affairs of the employer on the employer's premises, or while engaged elsewhere in the employer's business or affairs by the employer's direction, express or implied. For a police officer or firefighter, it includes the period travelling from the employee's place of abode (i. e. , home) to work, time at work, and departure from work until arrival home (CGS 31-275 (1)).

OLR Tracking: JM: JR: PF: DF