Senate Committee Passes Workers Compensation Bill to Add Reserve Officers

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Dene Westbrook

This morning the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee unanimously reported Senate Bill 387, legislation that would amend the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act to include a reserve or auxiliary police officer as an employee of the State for purposes of the Act when he or she was performing duties in that capacity.

In general we find this legislation to be positive. While it does expand worker’s compensation it makes these officers employees of the state thus putting the responsibility on the state to pay for any claims.

The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at [email protected]

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