AN ACT MAKING VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE LABOR LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Senate amendment to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Further revises the authority in GS 95-133 of the Director of Occupational Safety and Health (Director) to obtain relevant medical records. Now provides for the Occupational Safety and Health Division (Division) as the health oversight agency as defined in specified federal law governing identifiable health information. Authorizes covered entities (as defined by HIPPA) to disclose protected health information to health oversight agencies, including to the Division, as necessary for law enforcement, judicial and administrative purposes. Authorizes the Commissioner of Labor or the Director, or their authorized agents, to obtain medical records of injured or deceased employees that are both directly related to the investigation being conducted and are necessary to conduct investigations and enforcement proceedings under Article 16. Restricts medical records obtained to the evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment of an employee injury or fatality, consisting of records compiled and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), by hospital participating in the statewide trauma system, or by emergency management service providers in connection with the dispatch, response, treatment, or transport of individual patients. Maintains that the medical records obtained are strictly confidential.
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