Kansas Employment Law Update – May 2016

Workers’ Compensation Administration

On May 17, 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation (H.B. 2617) amending the state’s workers’ compensation law. The law allows workers’ compensation claims to be filed electronically, pursuant to administrative rules and regulations implemented by the Director of Workers’ Compensation. Upon implementation of an electronic filing system, if a filing deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the law extends the deadline to the next accessible day. The electronic filing system satisfies the signature requirements of documents filed.

The law also broadens an exception to the open records exemptions, allowing federal or state governmental agencies access to medical records and accident reports for the purpose of child support enforcement, provided the disclosure would not be open for public inspection. Under previous law, governmental agencies had access to this information solely for fraud and abuse investigations.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

Read H.B. 2617