Workers' compensation; establishes a limitations period for claims for hepatitis. (HB1346)

Introduced By

Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; occupational disease presumption limitation.  Establishes a limitations period during which a public safety employee may bring a claim under the Workers' Compensation Act for hepatitis at two years after the employee receives notice of a positive test for exposure to hepatitis. The limitation applies only to those public safety employees who are entitled to the existing presumption that hepatitis is an occupational disease. Existing law provides that the limitations period for claims involving hepatitis is the earlier to occur of (i) two years after a diagnosis of the disease is first communicated to the employee or (ii) five years from the date of the last injurious exposure in employment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104154D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2010Assigned C & L sub: #2
02/04/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
02/15/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1346)
02/16/2010Left in Commerce and Labor


Kathie writes:

I am calling my delegates to ask them to vote yes to this amendment. The loop hole in this law as it stands now, denies first responders and others who come in contact with this virus in the line of duty, the peace of mind to pursue medical help without fear of coverage consequences.

Brian writes:

This bill is the result of a real-world situation where a law enforcement officer contracted an illness as a direct result of a selfless act performed in the line of duty. Local community support, luck, and another selfless individual who donated a kidney saving this officer's life. It would have undoubtably been much easier on the officer and his loved ones if this law had already been law. Please pass this bill! It's only fair!

W V Jenner writes:

2/5: The committee voted, along party lines, not to allow this bill to achieve further consideration by the Gen. Assy.. Such a shame for our 1st responders & Virginians, that so few General Assy members decide our fate, & along party lines no less.!! Very pathetic if you ask me...