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Workers' Compensation State Employees

Concerning workers' compensation insurance for state employees.
2024 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill removes the state's ability to elect self-insurance as a means of maintaining the state employee workers' compensation account, while leaving intact the state's ability to procure commercial workers' compensation insurance to maintain the account.

The bill prohibits the state, when communicating with or reaching an agreement with a state employee about a workers' compensation claim, from suggesting :

  • Suggesting or requiring that the state employee resign from state employment or refrain from seeking or obtaining employment with the state in the future or that any other restrictions be placed on the state employee's ability to work for the state and voids any provision of a contract related to such a claim that imposes such a restriction ; and
  • Placing any other restrictions on the state employee's ability to work for the state.

The bill voids any provision of a contract that restricts a state employee's ability to work for the state in violation of these prohibitions.

If the state elects to self-insure workers' compensation claims, the bill requires the department of personnel to send a request for interest to Pinnacol Assurance and at least 5 other insurance companies that provide workers' compensation insurance in Colorado. The requests for interest must be sent in 2026 and at least once every 3 years thereafter. Each request for interest must request the following information from each responding insurance company for the following calendar year:

  • An estimate of the total cost to the state to purchase workers' compensation insurance;
  • The company's ability to provide workers' compensation insurance that would cover all state employees; and
  • A detailed description of the workers' compensation coverage that the company would provide.

For each request for interest obtained, the department of personnel shall prepare and submit a report to the general assembly specifying:

  • The name of the responding insurance company, unless the department received only one response, in which case the name of the sole responding insurance company is redacted from the report;
  • The total cost estimated by the responding insurance company to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to the state;
  • Whether purchasing workers' compensation insurance from the responding insurance company would require the state to contract with a third-party administrator, and what the additional cost to the state would be, if any;
  • A detailed description of the workers' compensation coverage that the responding insurance company would provide;
  • The costs associated with the self-insurance selected by the state for the current calendar year; and
  • Whether the state's costs related to self-insurance of workers' compensation claims increased or decreased compared to the previous calendar year.

The bill requires that the first report to the general assembly must specify, over the previous 3 years, to which insurance companies the state sent requests for interest, the total number of insurance companies that responded to the requests, and the estimated cost reported in each received response, if any.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

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