Regional
11:23 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Job Protection For Injured Volunteers

Frankfort, KY – Volunteer rescue workers injured in the line of duty would receive job protection under a bill passed by the Kentucky House.
Firefighters, rescue squad members, emergency medical technicians and peace officers would be covered under the bill. The measure would make it illegal for employers to fire someone after being injured while doing volunteer work.
The bill would require an employer to keep an injured volunteer's job open for up to 12 months. An employer could request a written statement from a doctor detailing the injuries and when the volunteer can return to work.
Also, the employer could seek a statement from the volunteer's chief indicating when the injury occurred.
The bill passed unanimously in the House and now goes to the Senate.