An Act To Support Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Sec. 1. 39-A MRSA §201, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 885, Pt. A, §8 and affected by §§9 to 11, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 39-A MRSA §201, sub-§3-A is enacted to read:
(1) The work stress was extraordinary and unusual in comparison to pressures and tensions experienced by the average employee; and
(2) The work stress, and not some other source of stress, was the predominant cause of the mental injury.
The amount of work stress must be measured by objective standards and actual events rather than any misperceptions by the employee; or
A mental injury is not considered to arise out of and in the course of employment if it results from any disciplinary action, work evaluation, job transfer, layoff, demotion, termination or any similar action, taken in good faith by the employer.
This bill establishes a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when a law enforcement officer, firefighter, corrections officer or emergency medical services worker is diagnosed by a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.