Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. (HB783)

Introduced By

Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. Adds cancers of the colon, brain, or testes to the list of cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease covered by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act when firefighters or certain employees develop the cancer. The presumption shall not apply for any individual who was diagnosed with one of the conditions before July 1, 2020. The measure removes the compensability requirement that the employee who develops cancer had contact with a toxic substance encountered in the line of duty. The bill also reduces the number of years of service needed to qualify for the presumption from 12 to five for various types of cancer. For hypertension or heart disease, the bill adds a requirement that an individual complete five years of service in their position in order to qualify. This bill is identical to SB 9. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101850D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB783)
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Committee substitute printed 20106358D-H1
01/23/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2020Incorporates HB44 (Brewer)
01/23/2020Incorporates HB121 (Carroll Foy)
01/23/2020Incorporates HB733 (Reid)
01/23/2020Incorporates HB1536 (Wyatt)
01/24/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB783H1)
01/28/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendment (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute on Labor and Commerce agreed to 20106358D-H1
02/03/2020Committee amendment on Appropriations agreed to
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB783EH1
02/03/2020Printed as engrossed 20106358D-EH1
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB783EH1)
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB783ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB783ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/27/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 498 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0498)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB44.


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

Yet more unfair to private employees potential big expenses. Where is the concern for private employees? What is the potential financial impact to the state? Why so little concern for the consequences?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I'm not sure what a "private employee" is, but this bill is nothing but fair to employees. If you meant "private employer," this bill addresses only public employees: police and firefighters. The fiscal impact to the state is documented in great detail in the fiscal impact statement.