An online database of workers’ compensation claims would be created under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.
Under the measure, businesses could provide a potential employee’s name and Social Security number to identify the date of workers’ compensation claims and whether the claim is open or closed.
Sponsoring Sen. Mike Cunningham, a Rogersville Republican, says the information is already available but only by written request. Supporters say the bill would help businesses control workers’ compensation costs.
A similar bill was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon last year. He cited privacy concerns and called it “an affront to the privacy of our citizens.”
Senators voted 26-7 to send the measure to the House.