BILL NO. 4
3rd Session, 62nd General Assembly
65 Elizabeth II, 2016
Private Member's Bill
Workers' Compensation for Emergency Responders
with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Act
The Honourable David A. Wilson
First Reading: October 14, 2016
This Bill permits workers who are or were emergency responders to obtain workers' compensation with respect to post-traumatic stress disorder, regardless of when the post-traumatic stress disorder is recognized or diagnosed.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Workers' Compensation for Emergency Responders with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Act.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act but subject to subsection (6), in respect of emergency responders to whom this Section applies, post-traumatic stress disorder is an accident for the purpose of this Act regardless of whether the disorder is recognized or diagnosed at the time of or after an acute reaction to a traumatic event.
(3) Where a worker who is or has been an emergency responder suffers an accident that is post-traumatic stress disorder, the accident is presumed to be an occupational disease, the dominant cause of which is the employment as an emergency responder, unless the contrary is proven.
(6) The money required for the purpose of this Section must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature and, for greater certainty, no money is payable pursuant to this Section until the money is appropriated by the Legislature.
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