Substitute House Bill No. 5861

Public Act No. 01-33

AN ACT INCREASING THE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMANTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 31-312 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [A person] An employee receiving medical attention under the provisions of this chapter and required to be absent from work for medical treatment, examination, laboratory tests, x-rays or other diagnostic procedures, and not otherwise receiving or eligible to receive weekly compensation, shall be compensated for the time lost from the job for required medical treatment and tests at the rate of [his] such employee's average earnings, but not less than at the minimum wage established by law, provided the amount payable in any one week shall not exceed the employee's weekly compensation rate. [of the individual.] Time lost from the job shall include necessary travel time from the plant to the place of treatment, the time for the treatment and any other time that is necessary for the treatment, examination or laboratory test. The employer shall furnish or pay for the transportation of the employee by ambulance or taxi where transportation is medically required from the point of [his] departure for treatment and return. In all other cases, the employer shall furnish the employee transportation or [reimburse him] reimbursement for the cost of transportation actually used, at [the rate of fifteen cents per mile for a private motor vehicle] a rate equal to the federal mileage reimbursement rate for use of a privately owned automobile set forth in 41 CFR Part 301-10.303, as from time to time amended, for a private motor vehicle or the cost incurred for public transportation, from the employee's point of departure, whether [his] from the employee's home or place of employment, and return, if the employee is required to travel beyond a one-fare limit on an available common carrier from the point of departure to the place of treatment, examination or laboratory test. Where the medical attention or treatment is provided at a time other than during the employee's regular working hours and the employee is not otherwise receiving or eligible to receive weekly compensation, [he] the employee shall be compensated for the time involved for the medical treatment as though it were time lost from the job at the rate of [his] the employee's average hourly earnings and shall be paid for the cost of necessary transportation as provided in this subsection.

Approved May 31, 2001