SB 0505 Expands meaning of "owner-operator" of a vehicle for hire for purposes of workers' compensation
LR Number:1857S.02P Fiscal Note:1857-02
Committee:Labor and Industrial Relations
Last Action:05/18/01 - 001 S Calendar S Bills for Third Reading (In BC) Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 505
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 505 - This act expands the type of person in the transportation business that should not be considered an "employee" for purposes of workers' compensation law. Pursuant to this act, an "owner-operator" is a person, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company which has one or more vehicles for hire. Currently, exemption from the classification of "employee" extends only to individuals who are "the owner and operator of a motor vehicle which is leased or contracted with a driver".

Lessors or contractors who hire owner-operators must either carry workers' compensation insurance or ensure that owner- operators are covered by such insurance. Where an "owner- operator" meets the definition of "employer" as set forth in Section 287.030, RSMo, an employee shall have a claim against the owner-operator.

Interest on a workers' compensation award begins to run 15 days after an award except as otherwise modified upon appeal. This provision is similar to SB 417 (2001).

The State may request a medical examination of an injured employee in Second Injury claims. Complete medical reports are admissible in Second Injury cases just as in other workers' compensation cases. These provisions are identical to SB 183 (2001).

The Governor shall not direct anyone to serve temporarily as a member of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.