Florida Senate - 2018 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 900 Ì516282*Î516282 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 01/30/2018 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability (Flores) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 112.1816, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 112.1816 Firefighters; cancer diagnosis.— 8 (1) As used in this section, the term: 9 (a) “Employer” has the same meaning as in s. 112.191. 10 (b) “Firefighter” means an individual employed as a full 11 time firefighter within the fire department or public safety 12 department of an employer whose primary responsibility is the 13 prevention and extinguishing of fires; the protection of life 14 and property; and the enforcement of municipal, county, and 15 state fire prevention codes and laws pertaining to the 16 prevention and control of fires. 17 (2) Upon a diagnosis of cancer, a firefighter is entitled 18 to the following benefits, as an alternative to pursuing 19 workers’ compensation benefits under chapter 440, if the 20 firefighter has been employed by his or her employer for at 21 least 5 continuous years, has not used tobacco products for at 22 least the preceding 5 years, and has not been employed in any 23 other position in the preceding 5 years which is proven to 24 create a higher risk for any cancer: 25 (a) Cancer treatment, at no cost to the firefighter, 26 covered within an employer-sponsored health plan or through a 27 group health insurance trust fund. The health plan, trust fund, 28 or insurance policy, or a rider added to such policy, may not 29 require the firefighter to contribute toward any deductible, 30 copayment, or coinsurance amount for the treatment of cancer. 31 The employer may timely reimburse the firefighter for out-of 32 pocket deductible, copayment, or coinsurance costs incurred by 33 the firefighter in complying with this paragraph. 34 (b) A one-time cash payout of $25,000, upon the 35 firefighter’s initial diagnosis of cancer. 36 37 The benefits specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) must be made 38 available by a former employer of a firefighter for 10 years 39 following the date that the firefighter terminates employment, 40 so long as the firefighter otherwise met the criteria specified 41 in this subsection when he or she terminated employment and was 42 not subsequently employed as a firefighter following that date. 43 For purposes of determining leave time and employee retention 44 policies, a firefighter’s cancer diagnosis must be considered an 45 injury or illness incurred in the line of duty by the employer. 46 (3)(a) If the firefighter participates in an employer 47 sponsored retirement plan, the retirement plan must consider the 48 firefighter totally and permanently disabled if he or she is 49 prevented from rendering useful and effective service as a 50 firefighter and is likely to remain disabled continuously and 51 permanently due to the diagnosis of cancer or circumstances 52 arising out of the treatment of cancer. 53 (b) If the firefighter does not participate in an employer 54 sponsored retirement plan, the employer must provide a 55 disability retirement plan that provides the firefighter with at 56 least 42 percent of his or her annual salary, at no cost to the 57 firefighter, until the firefighter’s death as coverage for total 58 and permanent disabilities attributable to the diagnosis of 59 cancer arising out of the treatment of cancer. 60 (4)(a) If the firefighter participated in an employer 61 sponsored retirement plan, the retirement plan must consider the 62 firefighter to have died in the line of duty if he or she dies 63 as a result of cancer or circumstances arising out of the 64 treatment of cancer. 65 (b) If the firefighter did not participate in an employer 66 sponsored retirement plan, the employer must provide a death 67 benefit to the firefighter’s beneficiary, at no cost to the 68 firefighter or his or her beneficiary, totaling at least 42 69 percent of the firefighter’s most recent annual salary for at 70 least 10 years following the firefighter’s death as a result of 71 cancer or circumstances arising out of the treatment of cancer. 72 (c) Firefighters who die as a result of cancer or 73 circumstances arising out of the treatment of cancer are 74 considered to have died in the manner as described in s. 75 112.191(2)(a) and all of the benefits arising out of such death 76 are available to the deceased firefighter’s beneficiary. 77 (5) The costs of purchasing an insurance policy that 78 provides the cancer benefits contained in this section, or the 79 costs of providing such benefits through a self-funded system, 80 must be borne solely by the employer that employs firefighters 81 and may not be funded by individual firefighters, by any group 82 health insurance trust fund funded partially or wholly by 83 firefighters, or by any self-insured trust fund that provides 84 health insurance coverage which is funded partially or wholly by 85 firefighters. 86 (6) The Division of State Fire Marshal within the 87 Department of Financial Services shall adopt rules to establish 88 employer cancer prevention best practices as it relates to 89 personal protective equipment, decontamination, fire suppression 90 apparatus, and fire stations. 91 Section 2. The Legislature determines and declares that 92 this act fulfills an important state interest. 93 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018. 94 95 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 96 And the title is amended as follows: 97 Delete everything before the enacting clause 98 and insert: 99 A bill to be entitled 100 An act relating to firefighters; creating s. 112.1816, 101 F.S.; providing definitions; granting certain benefits 102 to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer 103 if certain conditions are met; requiring an employer 104 to make certain disability payments to a firefighter 105 in the event of a total and permanent disability; 106 providing for death benefits to a firefighter’s 107 beneficiary if a firefighter died as a result of 108 cancer or cancer treatments; specifying that any costs 109 associated with benefits granted by the act are to be 110 borne by the employer; requiring the Division of State 111 Fire Marshal to adopt certain rules; providing a 112 declaration of important state interest; providing an 113 effective date.