HB 2022 Workers' compensation; refusal of employment.
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Workers' compensation; refusal of employment. Provides that a cure of unjustified refusal of “light duty” employment may not be established if the unjustified refusal lasts more than six months from the last day for which compensation was paid before benefits were suspended for refusal to accept light duty employment. However, under the bill, the six-month period may be extended by the number of days a claimant is totally disabled as long as the disablement commenced during such period. The bill further provides that an injured employee who refuses employment procured for him suitable to his capacity is entitled only to benefits prescribed for permanent loss (under 65.2-503) and medical attention (under 65.2-603). Under the bill, an injured employee who refuses light duty employment would be ineligible for benefits prescribed for temporary partial incapacity (pursuant to 65.2-502) and for vocational rehabilitation services, unless such refusal was justified in the opinion of the Workers' Compensation Commission.

The bill also clarifies that if an injured employee cures his unjustified refusal of employment by accepting suitable employment at a wage less than that originally offered, the employer must pay 66 2/3 percent of the difference between the employee's average weekly wage prior to his injury and the average weekly wage the employee would have earned by accepting the employment originally offered.

Full text:
01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD0652100  pdf
02/03/95  House: Printed as engrossed LD0652100-E  pdf
02/24/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2022ER)  pdf
03/22/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0319)  pdf

House amendments
Senate amendments

01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD0652100
01/23/95  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/24/95  House: Assigned to L. & C. sub-committee: 2
02/01/95  House: Reported from L. & C. with amendment (8-Y 4-N)
02/02/95  House: Read first time
02/03/95  House: Read second time
02/03/95  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/95  House: Floor amendment agreed to (Cohen)
02/03/95  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/03/95  House: Printed as engrossed LD0652100-E
02/04/95  House: Read third time and passed House (80-Y 19-N)
02/04/95  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (80-Y 19-N)
02/04/95  House: Communicated to Senate
02/06/95  Senate: Read first time
02/06/95  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/95  Senate: Reported from C. & L. with amendments (12-Y 3-N)
02/14/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/95  Senate: Read third time
02/15/95  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/15/95  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/95  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/95  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (29-Y 11-N)
02/15/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (29-Y 11-N)
02/16/95  House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/95  House: Senate amendments rejected by House (43-Y 55-N)
02/17/95  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (43-Y 55-N)
02/20/95  House: Rec. of Senate amds. agreed to by House (65-Y 28-N)
02/20/95  House: VOTE: RECONSIDERATION (65-Y 28-N)
02/20/95  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (54-Y 40-N)
02/20/95  House: VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (54-Y 40-N)
02/24/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2022ER)
02/28/95  House: Enrolled
03/01/95  Senate: Signed by President
03/02/95  House: Signed by Speaker
03/16/95  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 319 (effective 7/1/95)
03/22/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0319)