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Montana governor more than doubles comp burial benefits


Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday signed into law bills that increase burial benefits for those who are killed in a workplace accident from $4,000 to $10,000 and that could make student interns eligible for workers compensation benefits.

H.B. 198, which overwhelmingly passed both the House and the Senate in February and March, states the “the reasonable burial expenses of the employee” cannot exceed the new maximum of $10,000.

The bill also maintains current workers compensation law that states “the payment is not a part of the compensation that might be paid but is a benefit in addition to and separate from compensation.”

Gov. Gianforte also signed H.B. 283, which states that an “elementary or secondary student who is not paid wages by the business partner or the educational institution in which the student is enrolled is a volunteer and is subject to the provisions of (workers comp law) for whom coverage must be provided.”

The bill also states that the “business partner and the educational institution shall mutually determine and agree in writing whether the business partner or the educational institution shall elect coverage for the student.”








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