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LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AGENCY

OFFICE OF FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS 301 State House (317) 232-9855

FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

LS 6458 BILL NUMBER: SB 71

DATE PREPARED: Feb 26, 2002 BILL AMENDED: Feb 25, 2002

SUBJECT: Rest Breaks for Minors, Worker’s Compensation, Job Sharing.

FISCAL ANALYST: Chuck Mayfield PHONE NUMBER: 232-4825

FUNDS AFFECTED: X GENERAL DEDICATED FEDERAL

IMPACT: State & Local

Summary of Legislation: (Amended) This bill changes the requirements for rest breaks for children who are employees. The bill provides that a child less than 18 years of age working between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. must be accompanied during those hours by another employee at least 18 years of age if the establishment is open to the public. The bill also reduces worker's compensation to an employee by 15% for failure to use safety equipment or failure to obey certain rules of the employer (instead of denying compensation altogether). It also provides for 8% interest from the date of filing an application for an adjustment of claim concerning the payment of worker's compensation.

This bill also provides worker's compensation benefits to an employee who was traveling to or from or engaged in the duties of employment at the time of a terrorist attack and was injured or died as a result of the attack. The bill provides for changes to benefits due for worker's compensation, including the second injury fund, average weekly wage for a second injury or occupational disease, and disabled from trade compensation. The bill also raises the average weekly wage used to compute benefits for permanent partial impairment, temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, and total permanent disability, and benefit levels for degrees of permanent impairment. It also revises the maximum compensation under worker's compensation that may be paid for an injury, occupational disease, or death.

This bill also establishes the Second Injury Fund for occupational diseases. It raises the unemployment compensation maximumwage credits. It also establishes worksharingunemployment compensation benefits. The bill also repeals the one-week waiting period for unemployment compensation. The bill makes conforming amendments.

Effective Date: July 1, 2002.

Explanation of State Expenditures: (Revised) Child Labor: The changes in this bill could have a minimal administrative impact on the Department of Labor in so far as the Department is charged with overseeing

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