Workers' compensation; employer to notify employee of intent. (HB46)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas) with support from co-patron Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; employer to notify employee of intent. Requires an employer whose employee has filed a claim under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act to advise the employee whether the employer intends to accept or deny the claim or is unable to make such a determination because it lacks sufficient information from the employee or a third party. If the employer is unable to make such a determination because it lacks sufficient information from the employee or a third party, the employer shall so state and identify the needed additional information. If the employer intends to deny the claim, it shall provide the reasons. The bill provides that an employer may, if the employee consents, send any such required response to the employee by email. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/22/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100826D
11/22/2019Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB46)
02/04/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendments (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB46E
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20100826D-E
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB46E)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/27/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/27/2020Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 98-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Carter, Subramanyam, Wampler
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Saslaw, Spruill, Newman
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 45-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB46ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB46ER)
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1086 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1086)


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

This is the kind of innocent seeming bill that just loads more red tape on employers. If it was limited to larger employers maybe 200 employees or more it might make more practical sense.

Bill P writes:

Another Anti biz bill