News Digest 5-16-2022


DeSantis signs workers’ compensation eligibility bill

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last week signed a bill requiring public employers to retain medical records of law enforcement officers, correctional officers and firemen for at least five years after they leave their job. If the agency does not keep the records, the employee is deemed to have been eligible for workers’ compensation if they are disabled due to tuberculosis, heart disease and high blood pressure. Florida Politics


HVAC company says it will no longer service customers in downtown Denver

A suburban Denver-based heating and air conditioning company says it will no longer service businesses in or around downtown Denver due to crime, drug use and danger to its field crews. The company’s owner says employees have complained about coming across needles, drug paraphernalia, feces and expressed concerns about theft. CBS Denver


Kansas City Star editorial board: Injured employees may need state Supreme Court’s help

f you’re a Missouri employee and get hurt on the job and file a workers’ comp claim, you may not be protected from being fired as retaliation–unless the Supreme Court of Missouri acts, writes the Kansas City Star editorial board. Presently, hundreds if not thousands of Missourians have no legal recourse to seek relief from a public body such as a school district or a local municipality for violating the state’s workers’ compensation law against retaliatory discharge, according to legal experts interviewed by the Star. Kansas City Star