Monday, December 2, 2019
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, on behalf of the 700,000 hardworking women and men we represent, asks that you OPPOSE HB 1234.
HB 1234 seeks to amend Section 319 of the Workers’ Compensation (WC) Act in liability and compensation, further providing for the definitions of "injury,", "personal injury" and "injury arising in the course of his employment," providing for diseases with long latency periods between occupational exposure and manifestation of the disease and further providing for liability.
It is our belief that the Bill in its original state did not go far enough. It placed an undue burden on WC claimants to prove that their occupational disease has a latency period. Forcing a victim of the workplace to meet a higher burden of proof while still being limited to an artificial capitation of wage loss benefits is just wrong. Amendments to the Bill that would have corrected these problems were proposed and rejected.
For these reasons, we are asking that you please OPPOSE HB 1234. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the president’s office at 717-231-2840.
Rick Bloomingdale, President
Frank Snyder, Secretary-Treasurer