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H.381

Introduced by Representatives Murphy of Ludlow and Klopchin of Clarendon

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject: Labor; workers’ compensation; permanent partial disability compensation; deceased worker

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes that if a worker dies before receiving all the permanent partial disability compensation to which he or she is entitled, the balance shall be paid to the worker’s next of kin or estate.

AN ACT RELATING TO PAYMENT OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PERMANENT PARTIAL DISABILITY BENEFITS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. § 639 is amended to read:

§ 639. --DEATH, PAYMENT TO DEPENDENTS

In cases of the death of a person from any cause other than the accident during the period of payments for disability or for the permanent injury, the remaining payments for disability then due or for the permanent injury pursuant to section 644 or 648 of this title shall be made to the person’s dependents according to the provisions of sections 635 and 636 of this title, or if there are none, *[the remaining amount due, but not exceeding$5,500.00 for burial and]* *[funeral expenses and expenses for out-of-state transportation of the decedent to the place of burial not to exceed $1,000.00, shall be paid in a lump sum to the proper person]* to the estate of the decedent.