Senate passes MBA-backed workers’ compensation legislation

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
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Last week, the Senate passed Massachusetts Bar Association-backed legislation that would increase the maximum allowable benefit for those workers who suffer scarring and disfigurement on the job from a flat $15,000 to 22.5 times the state's average weekly wage. Additionally, this legislation removes the requirement that the scarring be on the face, neck and hands, thus benefitting those workers who have scarring and disfigurement on their legs, arms and torso.

Deborah G. Kohl, chair of the MBA's Workers' Compensation Section Council, testified in support of the bill before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development earlier this year.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. To see the bill, click here.