HBA-JEK H.B. 2642 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2642 By: Tillery Business & Industry 3/18/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In Texas Mexican Railway Co. v. Bouchet, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that an employee of an employer who does not subscribe to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act does not have the right to sue the employer for discharging or discriminating against the employee because the employee is involved in an action against the employer regarding an employment-related injury. House Bill 2642 prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against such an employee. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2642 amends the Labor Code to prohibit an employer who does not provide workers' compensation insurance coverage from discharging or in any other manner discriminating against an employee who has sustained an injury that would be a compensable injury if the employer had workers' compensation insurance because the employee has: _instituted or caused to be instituted an action against the employer based on the injury (action); _hired a lawyer to represent the employee in an action; or _testified or is about to testify in an action. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.