Thanks to new Florida Workers' Compensation legislation and Florida's Governor Rick Scott, I am writing about Sports on the Injury Law Blog. Due to recent legislation in the Florida Legislature, workers that are injured while on temporary work assignments, out of state, can't pursue workers compensation claims against their employers in those states.
The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 723 unanimously. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign it. House Bill 723 adds a special section to the Florida Workers Compensation Law , Florida Statute 440. The new section is called “Extraterritorial Reciprocity" (440.094).
Employers should be very happy with this new addition to Florida Workers' Compensation laws. It shields them from additional exposure when an employee is injured while working in another stat, especially one with different workers' comp laws. The law covers short term travel under 10 days or under 25 days in the year. If the employee is injured out of state, while working, they may only be entitled to Florida Workers' Compensation benefits.