Legislators Approve Workers Comp Changes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi legislators have approved the final version of a bill making changes to the workers compensation system.

Senate Bill 2576 passed the House and Senate Monday. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law July 1.

The bill is pushed by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and other business groups.

Supporters say it's a way to bring balance to a system that has favored injured workers.

Opponents say the changes would make it difficult for people who are hurt on the job, or for survivors of workers who are killed, to receive compensation.

Among other things, the bill says an employer could order a test of whether a hurt worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including the improper use of legal prescription drugs.


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