2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 12, 2018 - Offered by Senator Wanggaard.
SB564-SSA1,1,4 1An Act to amend 102.42 (1); and to create 102.17 (9), 102.42 (1p) and 102.44
2(7) of the statutes; relating to: claims for compensation for post-traumatic
3stress disorder by police officers or fire fighters under the worker's
4compensation law.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB564-SSA1,1 5Section 1. 102.17 (9) of the statutes is created to read:
SB564-SSA1,1,86 102.17 (9) (a) In this subsection, “post-traumatic stress disorder” means that
7condition, as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical
8Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.
SB564-SSA1,2,29 (b) In the case of a mental injury that is not accompanied by a physical injury
10and that results in a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in a law enforcement
11officer, as defined in s. 23.33 (1) (ig), or a fire fighter, the claim for compensation for

1the mental injury, in order to be compensable under this chapter, is subject to the
2following requirements:
SB564-SSA1,2,33 1. The mental injury must satisfy all of the following conditions:
SB564-SSA1,2,54 a. The diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder is made by a psychiatrist or
SB564-SSA1,2,76 b. The conditions of liability under s. 102.03 (1) are proven by clear and
7convincing medical or psychiatric evidence.
SB564-SSA1,2,98 2. The mental injury may not be a result of or first reported during any of the
9following actions taken in good faith by the employer:
SB564-SSA1,2,1010 a. A disciplinary action.
SB564-SSA1,2,1111 b. A work evaluation.
SB564-SSA1,2,1212 c. A job transfer.
SB564-SSA1,2,1313 d. A layoff.
SB564-SSA1,2,1414 e. A demotion.
SB564-SSA1,2,1515 f. A termination.
SB564-SSA1,2 16Section 2. 102.42 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB564-SSA1,3,1317 102.42 (1) Treatment of employee. The Subject to the limitations under sub.
18(1p), the
employer shall supply such medical, surgical, chiropractic, psychological,
19podiatric, dental, and hospital treatment, medicines, medical and surgical supplies,
20crutches, artificial members, appliances, and training in the use of artificial
21members and appliances, or, at the option of the employee, Christian Science
22treatment in lieu of medical treatment, medicines, and medical supplies, as may be
23reasonably required to cure and relieve from the effects of the injury, and to attain
24efficient use of artificial members and appliances, and in case of the employer's
25neglect or refusal seasonably to do so, or in emergency until it is practicable for the

1employee to give notice of injury, the employer shall be liable for the reasonable
2expense incurred by or on behalf of the employee in providing such treatment,
3medicines, supplies, and training. When the employer has knowledge of the injury
4and the necessity for treatment, the employer's failure to tender the necessary
5treatment, medicines, supplies, and training constitutes such neglect or refusal. The
6employer shall also be liable for reasonable expense incurred by the employee for
7necessary treatment to cure and relieve the employee from the effects of occupational
8disease prior to the time that the employee knew or should have known the nature
9of his or her disability and its relation to employment, and as to such treatment subs.
10(2) and (3) shall not apply. The obligation to furnish such treatment and appliances
11shall continue as required to prevent further deterioration in the condition of the
12employee or to maintain the existing status of such condition whether or not healing
13is completed.
SB564-SSA1,3 14Section 3. 102.42 (1p) of the statutes is created to read:
SB564-SSA1,3,1815 102.42 (1p) Liability for treatment of certain mental injuries. The employer
16of an employee whose injury is a mental injury that is compensable under s. 102.17
17(9) is liable for the employee's treatment of the mental injury for no more than 80
18weeks after the injury is first reported.
SB564-SSA1,4 19Section 4. 102.44 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
SB564-SSA1,3,2220 102.44 (7) In the case of an employee whose injury is a mental injury that is
21compensable under s. 102.17 (9), the period of disability may not exceed 80 weeks
22after the injury is first reported.
SB564-SSA1,5 23Section 5. Initial applicability.
1(1) This act first applies to injuries reported on the effective date of this