SCS/SB 526 - This act requires the Division of Workers' Compensation to develop and maintain a workers' compensation claims database that is accessible to potential employers during a pre-hire period and searchable by an employee's name and social security number. Employers are required to obtain written consent from the potential employee to acquire records and are barred from compelling or coercing a potential employee to provide consent or require consent as a condition of employment.
The Division shall maintain a record of claims records reviewed. Those who fraudulently access the database, compel or coerce a potential employee to provide consent or require consent as a condition of employment shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
The provisions of this act shall be fully implemented by July 1, 2015.
This act is similar to CCS/HCS/SS/SB 34 (2013) that was vetoed by the Governor.