House Committee Takes Action on PA Chamber Supported Unemployment and Workers’ Comp Bills

Several PA Chamber supported bills were approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee last week.

House Bill 508 would phaseout the federal unemployment compensation enhancements in lieu of a return-to-work bonus.  This legislation aims to help address workforce shortages employers are reporting as they struggle to fill open positions during the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee also approved H.B. 922.  This legislation would clarify language in the Workers’ Compensation Act as it relates to subrogation rights.  A long-standing principle of workers’ compensation has been the right of employers to be reimbursed for certain expenses if a third party is found liable for the injury.  Courts have upheld so-called subrogation rights in order to hold negligent third-parties accountable, mitigate the impact on non-negligent employers and prevent double recovery by claimants.  Subrogation has included allowing employers to offset future wage-loss and medical costs if the third-party recovery exceeds the compensation paid by employer. However, in the 2018 Whitmoyer decision, the PA Supreme Court found that the ability to offset future costs only applied to wage-loss benefits, not medical expenses.  This legislation makes a technical change to address the Court’s concern.

The final bill considered by the committee was H.B. 1387, which would amend the Workers’ Compensation  Act to require that a claimant receiving benefits from the Uninsured Employers’ Guaranty Fund demonstrate proof of wages in order to receive a wage loss benefit.

The PA Chamber voiced our support for each of these proposals in a memo sent prior to the committee vote. 


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