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Title XIX
PUBLIC BUSINESS
Chapter 284
STATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY PROGRAMS
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CHAPTER 284
CHAPTER 284
STATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY PROGRAMS
PART I
STATE PROPERTY CLAIMS
(ss. 284.01-284.17)
PART II
STATE CASUALTY CLAIMS
(ss. 284.30-284.44)
PART III
SAFETY PROGRAMS
(s. 284.50)
PART I
STATE PROPERTY CLAIMS
284.01 State Risk Management Trust Fund; coverages to be provided.
284.02 Payment of premiums by each agency; handling of funds; payment of losses and expenses.
284.03 Deficits in fund supplied from General Revenue Fund; repayment.
284.04 Notice and information required by Department of Financial Services of all newly erected or acquired state property subject to insurance.
284.05 Inspection of insured state property.
284.06 Annual report to Governor.
284.08 Reinsurance on excess coverage and approval by Department of Management Services.
284.14 State Risk Management Trust Fund; leasehold interest.
284.17 Rules.
284.01 State Risk Management Trust Fund; coverages to be provided.
(1) The State Risk Management Trust Fund shall insure those properties designated in subsection (2) which are owned by the state or its agencies, boards, or bureaus against loss from fire, lightning, sinkholes, and hazards customarily insured by extended coverage and loss from the removal of personal property from such properties when endangered by covered perils. Furthermore, the fund may also insure the State Regional Office Building located in the City of Jacksonville, Duval County, including the parking facility owned by the City of Jacksonville, since such building is jointly owned by the State of Florida and the City of Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville shall be responsible for the payment of all premiums charged by the fund to insure property owned by the City of Jacksonville. Flood insurance shall be provided for state-owned structures and contents designated in subsection (2) to the extent necessary to meet self-insurance requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program, as prescribed in rules and regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 44 C.F.R. parts 59, 60, and 174, effective October 1, 1986.
(2) The fund shall insure all buildings, whether financed in whole or in part by revenue bonds or certificates, and the contents thereof or of any other buildings leased or rented by the state. For the purpose of this section, all manufactured homes and contents, whether permanently affixed to realty or otherwise, are included. Rental value insurance shall also be provided to indemnify the state or any of its agencies for loss of income when such rental income insurance is required to be carried by the terms of any bonding or revenue certificates or resolutions. Rental value insurance shall also be provided to indemnify the state or any of its agencies for loss of income from those buildings operated and maintained by the Department of Management Services from the Supervision Trust Fund.
(3) No coverage shall be provided by the fund for museum collections, artifacts, relics, fine arts, or boilers and machinery or for any properties related in any way with nuclear reactors or the use, storage, or processing of nuclear fissionable materials. This exclusion as to nuclear properties or related reactors shall not be construed to eliminate the necessity of coverage on medical facilities, particle accelerators, cyclotrons, Van de Graff machines, or any properties associated therewith.
(4) The department may determine deductibles to be established and what coverages or risks are insurable in accordance with this section. Subjects of insurance with a valuation of less than $500 will not be covered by the fund. Coverage shall be provided upon application by agencies to the fund on forms furnished by it.
(5) Premiums charged to agencies for coverage shall be adopted on a retrospective rating arrangement based upon actual losses accruing to the fund and loss prevention results, taking into account reasonable expectations, maintenance, and stability of the fund and cost of reinsurance.
(6) In the event of any partial loss by a covered peril, the loss shall be adjusted on the basis of actual cash value of the property at the time of loss but not exceeding the amount that it would cost to repair or replace the property with material of like kind and quality within a reasonable time after such loss.
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; s. 1, ch. 57-101; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 1, ch. 61-463; ss. 13, 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 70-272; s. 81, ch. 71-355; s. 3, ch. 77-280; s. 2, ch. 79-136; s. 1, ch. 83-159; s. 3, ch. 88-202; s. 238, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 57, ch. 96-418; s. 9, ch. 2000-122; s. 4, ch. 2011-59.
1Note.44 C.F.R. part 74 is reserved.
284.02 Payment of premiums by each agency; handling of funds; payment of losses and expenses.
(1) Premiums as calculated on all coverages shall be billed and charged to each state agency according to coverages obtained from the fund for their benefit, and such obligation shall be paid promptly by each agency from its operating budget upon presentation of a bill therefor. However, no state agency shall be liable for the cost of insurance protection under this section prior to July 1, 1971, if any obligation therefor would be incurred against unappropriated funds. After July 1, 1971, billings and the obligation to pay shall be based on coverage provided during each fiscal year and annually thereafter.
(2) All premiums paid into the fund and all moneys received by the fund from investment or any other source pursuant to said program shall be held by the Department of Financial Services and used for the purpose of paying losses, expenses incurred in adjustment of losses, premiums for reinsurance, and operating expenses.
(3) The Department of Financial Services is authorized to employ a director of the fund and necessary administrative and clerical personnel, actuaries, consultants, and adjusters to maintain, operate, and administer the fund and to underwrite all certificates of insurance issued by the fund. All salaries and expenses of administration and operation shall be paid from the fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; s. 1, ch. 28092, 1953; s. 2, ch. 57-101; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 2, ch. 61-463; ss. 13, 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 70-272; s. 1, ch. 70-439; s. 309, ch. 2003-261.
284.03 Deficits in fund supplied from General Revenue Fund; repayment.Should a loss occur upon property insured in the State Risk Management Trust Fund that would require more funds, to pay the amount of any loss covered by insurance in said fund, than are at that time available in said fund, in that event there is appropriated out of any funds in the General Revenue Fund not otherwise appropriated a sum which, added to the sum then available in the State Risk Management Trust Fund, shall be sufficient to pay the amount of the covered loss. In the event any funds shall be paid out of the General Revenue Fund under this provision, such amounts so paid out of the General Revenue Fund shall be returned to it out of the first available assets of the State Risk Management Trust Fund after paying any necessary expenses as provided in s. 284.02(2) and (3).
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 3, ch. 70-272; s. 60, ch. 96-418; s. 10, ch. 2000-122.
284.04 Notice and information required by Department of Financial Services of all newly erected or acquired state property subject to insurance.The Department of Management Services and all agencies in charge of state property shall notify the Department of Financial Services of all newly erected or acquired property subject to coverage as soon as erected or acquired, giving its value, type of construction, location, whether inside or outside of corporate limits, occupancy, and any other information the Department of Financial Services may require in connection with such property. Such department or agency shall also notify the Department of Financial Services immediately of any change in value or occupancy of any property covered by the fund. Unless the above data is submitted in writing within a reasonable time following such erection, acquisition, or change, the Department of Financial Services shall provide insurance coverage to the extent shown by the last notification in writing to the fund or in accordance with the last valuation shown by fund records. In case of disagreement between the Department of Financial Services and the agency or person in charge of any covered state property as to its true value, the amount of the insurance to be carried thereon, the proper premium rate or rates, or amount of loss settlement, the matter in disagreement shall be determined by the Department of Management Services.
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; s. 2, ch. 61-119; ss. 13, 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 4, ch. 70-272; s. 239, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 310, ch. 2003-261.
284.05 Inspection of insured state property.The Department of Financial Services shall inspect all permanent buildings insured by the State Risk Management Trust Fund, and whenever conditions are found to exist which, in the opinion of the Department of Financial Services, are hazardous from the standpoint of destruction by fire or other loss, the Department of Financial Services may order the same repaired or remedied, and the agency, board, or person in charge of such property is required to have such dangerous conditions immediately repaired or remedied upon written notice from the Department of Financial Services of such hazardous conditions. Such amounts as may be necessary to comply with such notice or notices shall be paid by the Department of Management Services or by the agency, board, or person in charge of such property out of any moneys appropriated for the maintenance of the respective agency or for the repairs or permanent improvement of such properties or from any incidental or contingent funds they may have on hand. In the event of a disagreement between the Department of Financial Services and the agency, board, or person having charge of such property as to the necessity of the repairs or remedies ordered, the matter in disagreement shall be determined by the Department of Management Services.
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; s. 2, ch. 61-119; ss. 13, 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 5, ch. 70-272; s. 240, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 61, ch. 96-418; s. 11, ch. 2000-122; s. 311, ch. 2003-261.
284.06 Annual report to Governor.The Department of Financial Services shall report annually to the Governor the investigations which have been made and the actions which have been taken to decrease the fire hazard of the various insurable properties of the state, together with its recommendations as to further safeguards and improvements.
History.s. 1, ch. 7294, 1917; s. 1, ch. 7902, 1919; RGS 1312; s. 1, ch. 8430, 1921; CGL 1991; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 13, ch. 84-254; s. 312, ch. 2003-261.
284.08 Reinsurance on excess coverage and approval by Department of Management Services.The Department of Financial Services shall determine what excess coverage is necessary and may purchase reinsurance thereon upon approval by the Department of Management Services.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 9150, 1923; CGL 1992; s. 1, ch. 14520, 1929; s. 2, ch. 61-119; ss. 13, 22, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 6, ch. 70-272; s. 241, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 313, ch. 2003-261.
284.14 State Risk Management Trust Fund; leasehold interest.In the event the state or any department or agency thereof has acquired or hereafter acquires a leasehold interest in any improved real property and by the terms and provisions of said lease it is obligated to insure such premises against loss by fire or other hazard to such premises, it shall insure such premises in the State Risk Management Trust Fund as required by the terms of said lease or as required by the provisions of this chapter. No state agency shall enter into or acquire any such leasehold interest until the coverages required to be maintained by the provisions of the lease are approved in writing by the Department of Financial Services.
History.s. 1, ch. 20676, 1941; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 7, ch. 70-272; s. 62, ch. 96-418; s. 12, ch. 2000-122; s. 314, ch. 2003-261.
284.17 Rules.The Department of Financial Services has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter.
History.s. 8, ch. 70-272; s. 56, ch. 98-200; s. 315, ch. 2003-261.
PART II
STATE CASUALTY CLAIMS
284.30 State Risk Management Trust Fund; coverages to be provided.
284.31 Scope and types of coverages; separate accounts.
284.311 Property damage coverage for state-owned vehicles.
284.32 Department of Financial Services to implement and consolidate.
284.33 Purchase of insurance, reinsurance, and services.
284.34 Professional medical liability of the university boards of trustees and nuclear energy liability excluded.
284.35 Administrative personnel; expenses to be paid from fund.
284.36 Appropriation deposits; premium payment.
284.37 Premium and investment accruals used for fund purposes.
284.38 Waiver of sovereign immunity; effect.
284.385 Reporting and handling of claims.
284.39 Adoption of rules.
284.40 Division of Risk Management.
284.41 Transfer of personnel and funds to the Division of Risk Management.
284.42 Reports on state insurance program.
284.44 Salary indemnification costs of state agencies.
284.30 State Risk Management Trust Fund; coverages to be provided.A state self-insurance fund, designated as the “State Risk Management Trust Fund,” is created to be set up by the Department of Financial Services and administered with a program of risk management, which fund is to provide insurance, as authorized by s. 284.33, for workers’ compensation, general liability, fleet automotive liability, federal civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. s. 1983 or similar federal statutes, and court-awarded attorney’s fees in other proceedings against the state except for such awards in eminent domain or for inverse condemnation or for awards by the Public Employees Relations Commission. A party to a suit in any court, to be entitled to have his or her attorney’s fees paid by the state or any of its agencies, must serve a copy of the pleading claiming the fees on the Department of Financial Services; and thereafter the department shall be entitled to participate with the agency in the defense of the suit and any appeal thereof with respect to such fees.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 67, ch. 79-40; s. 5, ch. 79-139; s. 2, ch. 83-159; s. 77, ch. 86-163; s. 203, ch. 95-148; s. 13, ch. 2000-122; s. 316, ch. 2003-261.
284.31 Scope and types of coverages; separate accounts.The Insurance Risk Management Trust Fund shall, unless specifically excluded by the Department of Financial Services, cover all departments of the State of Florida and their employees, agents, and volunteers and shall provide separate accounts for workers’ compensation, general liability, fleet automotive liability, federal civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. s. 1983 or similar federal statutes, and court-awarded attorney’s fees in other proceedings against the state except for such awards in eminent domain or for inverse condemnation or for awards by the Public Employees Relations Commission. Unless specifically excluded by the Department of Financial Services, the Insurance Risk Management Trust Fund shall provide fleet automotive liability coverage to motor vehicles titled to the state, or to any department of the state, when such motor vehicles are used by community transportation coordinators performing, under contract to the appropriate department of the state, services for the transportation disadvantaged under part I of chapter 427. Such fleet automotive liability coverage shall be primary and shall be subject to the provisions of s. 768.28 and parts II and III of chapter 284, and applicable rules adopted thereunder, and the terms and conditions of the certificate of coverage issued by the Department of Financial Services.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 4, ch. 74-235; s. 68, ch. 79-40; s. 6, ch. 79-139; s. 3, ch. 83-159; s. 78, ch. 86-163; s. 1, ch. 88-239; s. 53, ch. 99-13; s. 317, ch. 2003-261.
284.311 Property damage coverage for state-owned vehicles.If a state employee whose duties are those of a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10, uses the motor vehicle for off-duty work for which he or she must reimburse the state, that reimbursement must include a reimbursement for property damage coverage on the motor vehicle while it is used for the off-duty work. The Division of Risk Management within the Department of Financial Services shall adopt rules assessing the amount of such reimbursement for the actual costs of coverage associated with off-duty coverage and may adopt rules that provide for a deductible in an amount of not more than $500 per incident when the employee is determined to be at fault in the incident and was using the motor vehicle in approved activities for which he or she was liable to reimburse the state.
History.s. 2, ch. 2004-83.
284.32 Department of Financial Services to implement and consolidate.The Department of Financial Services is authorized to effect a consolidation and combination of all insurance coverages provided herein into one insurance program in accordance with the provisions of part I of chapter 287.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 318, ch. 2003-261.
284.33 Purchase of insurance, reinsurance, and services.
(1) The Department of Financial Services is authorized to provide insurance, specific excess insurance, and aggregate excess insurance through the Department of Management Services, pursuant to the provisions of part I of chapter 287, as necessary to provide insurance coverages authorized by this part, consistent with market availability. However, the Department of Financial Services may directly purchase annuities by using a structured settlement insurance consulting firm selected by the department to assist in the settlement of claims being handled by the Division of Risk Management. The selection of the structured settlement insurance services consultant shall be made by using competitive sealed proposals. The consulting firm shall act as an agent of record for the department in procuring the best annuity products available to facilitate structured settlement of claims, considering price, insurer financial strength, and the best interests of the state risk management program. Purchase of annuities by the department using a structured settlement method is excepted from competitive sealed bidding or proposal requirements. The Department of Financial Services is further authorized to purchase such risk management services, including, but not limited to, risk and claims control; safety management; and legal, investigative, and adjustment services, as may be required and pay claims. The department may contract with a service organization for such services and advance money to such service organization for deposit in a special checking account for paying claims made against the state under the provisions of this part. The special checking account shall be maintained in this state in a bank or savings association organized under the laws of this state or of the United States. The department may replenish such account as often as necessary upon the presentation by the service organization of documentation for payments of claims equal to the amount of the requested reimbursement.
(2) Nothing contained in chapter 287 shall be construed as requiring written agreements for health and mental health services or drugs in the examinations, diagnoses, or treatments of sick or injured employees or other benefits as required by the provisions of chapter 440.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 90, ch. 73-333; s. 7, ch. 79-139; s. 4, ch. 83-159; s. 73, ch. 98-279; s. 1, ch. 2000-365; s. 319, ch. 2003-261.
284.34 Professional medical liability of the university boards of trustees and nuclear energy liability excluded.Unless specifically authorized by the Department of Financial Services, no coverages shall be provided by this fund for professional medical liability insurance for the university boards of trustees or the physicians, officers, employees, or agents of any board or for liability related to nuclear energy which is ordinarily subject to the standard nuclear energy liability exclusion of conventional liability insurance policies. This section does not affect the self-insurance programs of the university boards of trustees established pursuant to s. 1004.24.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 5, ch. 74-235; s. 1, ch. 79-136; s. 175, ch. 81-259; s. 941, ch. 2002-387; s. 320, ch. 2003-261.
284.35 Administrative personnel; expenses to be paid from fund.The Department of Financial Services is authorized, in accordance with current budget and personnel requirements, to employ necessary administrative and clerical personnel and actuarial consultants, as necessary to maintain, operate, and administer the fund. All salaries and expenses of administration and operation shall be paid from the fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 321, ch. 2003-261.
284.36 Appropriation deposits; premium payment.Premiums for coverage by the State Risk Management Trust Fund as calculated on all coverages shall be billed and charged to each state agency according to coverages obtained by the fund for their benefit, and such obligations shall be paid promptly by each agency from its operating budget upon presentation of a bill therefor. After the first year of operation, premiums to be charged to all departments of the state are to be computed on a retrospective rating arrangement based upon actual losses accruing to the fund and loss prevention results, taking into account reasonable expectations, the maintenance and stability of the fund, and the cost of insurance.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 69, ch. 79-40; s. 111, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 14, ch. 2000-122; s. 5, ch. 2011-59.
284.37 Premium and investment accruals used for fund purposes.All premiums paid into the fund and all moneys from investments or any other source pursuant to said program shall be held by the Department of Financial Services and used for the purpose of paying losses, premiums for insurance, risk and claims management services, and operating expenses.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 322, ch. 2003-261.
284.38 Waiver of sovereign immunity; effect.The insurance programs developed herein shall provide limits as established by the provisions of s. 768.28 if a tort claim. The limits provided in s. 768.28 shall not apply to a civil rights action arising under 42 U.S.C. s. 1983 or similar federal statute. Payment of a pending or future claim or judgment arising under any of said statutes may be made upon this act becoming a law, unless the officer, employee, or agent has been determined in the final judgment to have caused the harm intentionally; however, the fund is authorized to pay all other court-ordered attorney’s fees as provided under s. 284.31.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 8, ch. 79-139; s. 176, ch. 81-259.
284.385 Reporting and handling of claims.All departments covered by the State Risk Management Trust Fund under this part shall immediately report all known or potential claims to the Department of Financial Services for handling, except employment complaints which have not been filed with the Florida Human Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any similar agency. When deemed necessary, the Department of Financial Services shall assign or reassign the claim to counsel. The assigned counsel shall report regularly to the Department of Financial Services or to the covered department on the status of any such claims or litigation as required by the Department of Financial Services. No such claim shall be compromised or settled for monetary compensation without the prior approval of the Department of Financial Services and prior notification to the covered department. All departments shall cooperate with the Department of Financial Services in its handling of claims. The Department of Financial Services and the Department of Management Services, with the cooperation of the state attorneys and the clerks of the courts, shall develop a system to coordinate the exchange of information concerning claims for and against the state, its agencies, and its subdivisions, to assist in collection of amounts due to them. The covered department shall have the responsibility for the settlement of any claim for injunctive or affirmative relief under 42 U.S.C. s. 1983 or similar federal or state statutes. The payment of a settlement or judgment for any claim covered and reported under this part shall be made only from the State Risk Management Trust Fund.
History.s. 6, ch. 83-159; s. 2, ch. 91-209; s. 242, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 15, ch. 2000-122; s. 22, ch. 2001-56; s. 10, ch. 2001-266; s. 323, ch. 2003-261.
284.39 Adoption of rules.The Department of Financial Services may adopt rules for the proper management and maintenance of the fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 324, ch. 2003-261.
284.40 Division of Risk Management.
(1) It shall be the responsibility of the Division of Risk Management of the Department of Financial Services to administer this part and the provisions of s. 287.131.
(2) The claim files maintained by the Division of Risk Management shall be confidential, shall be only for the usage by the Department of Financial Services in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities under this part, and shall be exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1).
(3) Upon certification by the division director or his or her designee to the custodian of any records maintained by the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration, or Department of Elderly Affairs that such records are necessary to investigate a claim against the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration, or Department of Elderly Affairs being handled by the Division of Risk Management, the records shall be released to the division subject to the provisions of subsection (2), any conflicting provisions as to the confidentiality of such records notwithstanding.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 6, ch. 74-235; s. 2, ch. 77-107; s. 1, ch. 78-408; s. 1, ch. 89-15; s. 102, ch. 90-360; s. 204, ch. 95-148; s. 132, ch. 96-406; s. 49, ch. 99-8; s. 325, ch. 2003-261; s. 51, ch. 2014-19.
284.41 Transfer of personnel and funds to the Division of Risk Management.
(1) All personnel and funds otherwise allocated to the Department of Financial Services for this purpose are transferred to the Division of Risk Management.
(2) The administration of parts I, II, and III of this chapter is a function of the Division of Risk Management.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-206; s. 5, ch. 83-159; s. 32, ch. 98-34; s. 326, ch. 2003-261.
284.42 Reports on state insurance program.
(1)(a) The Department of Financial Services, with the Department of Management Services, shall conduct an analysis of the state insurance program each year and submit the results on or before January 1 in a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which shall include:
1. Complete underwriting information as to the nature of the risks accepted for self-insurance and those risks that are transferred to the insurance market.
2. The funds allocated to the Florida Casualty Risk Management Trust Fund and premiums paid for insurance through the market.
3. The method of handling legal matters and the cost allocated.
4. The method and cost of handling inspection and engineering of risks.
5. The cost of risk management service purchased.
6. The cost of managing the State Insurance Program by the Department of Financial Services and the Department of Management Services.
(b) Beginning January 1, 2013, the Division of Risk Management shall include in its annual report an analysis of agency return-to-work efforts, including, but not limited to, agency return-to-work program performance metrics and a status report on participating return-to-work programs. The report shall specify benchmarks, including, but not limited to, the average lost-time claims per year, per agency; the total number of lost claims; and specific agency measurable outcomes indicating the change in performance from year to year.
(2) The departments shall make available complete claims history including description of loss, claims paid and reserved, and the cost of all claims handled by the state.
History.s. 2, ch. 72-206; s. 7, ch. 77-320; s. 243, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 327, ch. 2003-261; s. 6, ch. 2011-59.
284.44 Salary indemnification costs of state agencies.
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature, through the implementation of this section, to provide state agencies with an increased incentive to become actively involved in the prevention and management of workers’ compensation claims involving state employees.
(2) State agencies covered by the state risk management program established under this part shall be responsible for funding initial salary indemnification costs, for employees who are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to chapter 440, from funds appropriated to pay salaries and benefits.
(3) For the purposes of this section, “salary indemnification costs” means the payments made to employees for temporary total disability benefits. After an employee has been eligible for disability benefits for 10 weeks, salary indemnification costs shall be funded from the State Risk Management Trust Fund in accordance with the provisions of this part for those agencies insured by the fund.
(4) For the purpose of administering this section, the Division of Risk Management of the Department of Financial Services shall continue to pay all claims, but shall be periodically reimbursed from funds of state agencies for initial salary indemnification costs for which they are responsible.
(5) If a state agency demonstrates to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees that no funds are available to pay initial salary indemnification costs for a specific claim pursuant to this section without adversely impacting its ability to perform statutory responsibilities, the Executive Office of the Governor may direct the Division of Risk Management to fund all salary indemnification costs for that specific claim from the State Risk Management Trust Fund and waive the state agency reimbursement requirement.
(6) The Division of Risk Management shall prepare quarterly reports to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees indicating for each state agency the total amount of salary indemnification benefits paid to claimants and the total amount of reimbursements from state agencies to the State Risk Management Trust Fund for initial costs for the previous quarter. These reports shall also include information for each state agency indicating the number of cases and amounts of initial salary indemnification costs for which reimbursement requirements were waived by the Executive Office of the Governor pursuant to this section.
(7) If a state agency fails to pay casualty increase premiums or salary indemnification reimbursements within 30 days after being billed, the Division of Risk Management shall advise the Chief Financial Officer. After verifying the accuracy of the billing, the Chief Financial Officer shall transfer the appropriate amount from any available funds of the delinquent state agency to the State Risk Management Trust Fund.
History.s. 20, ch. 95-327; s. 16, ch. 2000-122; s. 328, ch. 2003-261.
PART III
SAFETY PROGRAMS
284.50 Loss prevention program; safety coordinators; Interagency Advisory Council on Loss Prevention; employee recognition program.
284.50 Loss prevention program; safety coordinators; Interagency Advisory Council on Loss Prevention; employee recognition program.
(1) The head of each department of state government, except the Legislature, shall designate a safety coordinator. Such safety coordinator must be an employee of the department and must hold a position which has responsibilities comparable to those of an employee in the Senior Management System. The Department of Financial Services shall provide appropriate training to the safety coordinators to permit them to effectively perform their duties within their respective departments. Each safety coordinator shall, at the direction of his or her department head:
(a) Develop and implement the loss prevention program, a comprehensive departmental safety program which shall include a statement of safety policy and responsibility.
(b) Provide for regular and periodic facility and equipment inspections.
(c) Investigate job-related employee accidents of his or her department.
(d) Establish a program to promote increased safety awareness among employees.
(2) There shall be an Interagency Advisory Council on Loss Prevention composed of the safety coordinators from each department and representatives designated by the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Division of Risk Management. The chair of the council shall be the Director of the Division of Risk Management or his or her designee. The council shall meet at least quarterly to discuss safety problems within state government, to attempt to find solutions for these problems, and, when possible, to assist in the implementation of the solutions. If the safety coordinator of a department or office is unable to attend a council meeting, an alternate, selected by the department head or his or her designee, shall attend the meeting to represent and provide input for that department or office on the council. The council is further authorized to provide for the recognition of employees, agents, and volunteers who make exceptional contributions to the reduction and control of employment-related accidents. The necessary expenses for the administration of this program of recognition shall be considered an authorized administrative expense payable from the State Risk Management Trust Fund.
(3) The Department of Financial Services and all agencies that are provided workers’ compensation insurance coverage by the State Risk Management Trust Fund and employ more than 3,000 full-time employees shall establish and maintain return-to-work programs for employees who are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The programs shall have the primary goal of enabling injured workers to remain at work or return to work to perform job duties within the physical or mental functional limitations and restrictions established by the workers’ treating physicians. If no limitation or restriction is established in writing by a worker’s treating physician, the worker shall be deemed to be able to fully perform the same work duties he or she performed before the injury.
(4) The Division of Risk Management shall evaluate each agency’s risk management programs, including, but not limited to, return-to-work, safety, and loss prevention programs, at least once every 5 years. Reports, including, but not limited to, any recommended corrective action, resulting from such evaluations shall be provided to the head of the agency being evaluated, the Chief Financial Officer, and the director of the Division of Risk Management. The agency head must provide to the Division of Risk Management a response to all report recommendations within 45 days and a plan to implement any corrective action to be taken as part of the response. If the agency disagrees with any final report recommendations, including, but not limited to, any recommended corrective action, or if the agency fails to implement any recommended corrective action within a reasonable time, the division shall submit the evaluation report to the legislative appropriations committees.
History.s. 1, ch. 79-352; s. 177, ch. 81-259; s. 1, ch. 82-46; s. 7, ch. 83-159; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 87-185; s. 5, ch. 88-303; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 205, ch. 95-148; s. 25, ch. 99-333; s. 17, ch. 2000-122; s. 329, ch. 2003-261; s. 63, ch. 2010-102; s. 7, ch. 2011-59.