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Citing 9/11 Victims Fund, Lawmakers Eye U.S. Compensation Pool For COVID-19 Workers

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers last week unveiled a plan to compensate essential workers who fall sick or die from COVID-19. The lawmakers are modeling their Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Reps. Carolyn …

Recovered from COVID-19, Wary First Responders Back on Job

The new coronavirus doesn’t care about a blue uniform or a shiny badge. Police, firefighters, paramedics and corrections officers are just a 911 call away from contracting COVID-19 and spreading it. With N95 masks hanging off their duty belts and …

Minnesota Lawmakers to Ensure Workers’ Comp Coverage to Responders with COVID-19

The Minnesota Legislature is reconvening to pass a bill to ensure that first responders and health care workers who contract COVID-19 qualify for workers’ compensation without having to prove that they contracted the disease on the job. Legislative leaders announced …

Virus Impact on Workers’ Compensation Limited But Some Workers May Be Covered

The outbreak of coronavirus has already resulted in some workers’ compensation claims and more are expected. But whether those claims are going to succeed depends on the individual circumstances and the state where the infection occurred. While compensability issues will …

Workers at High Risk for Coronavirus Exposure and How to Protect Them

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for workplace safety regulations, certain workers are at higher risk than others for exposure to the coronavirus and the disease COVID-19. Nurses, doctors, lab and morgue workers are …

PTSD Coverage for First Responders Left Out of Ohio Workers’ Comp Budget

Lawmakers have approved a two-year budget for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers after missing the initial deadline at the end of June and covering the gap with a temporary budget. The nearly $645 million funding measure for the Bureau …

Wisconsin First Responders Call for Improvements to State’s Roads

Police and fire fighters from across Wisconsin say public safety is being put at risk because of poor road conditions. Representatives from organizations representing state troopers, fire fighters, sheriffs and police officers on Tuesday called on the Legislature to pass …

EPA Appears to Ease Nuke Radiation Safeguards for First Responders

In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The …

Administrator of Sept. 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund Leaving Post; Successor Named

The administrator of the federal compensation fund for Sept. 11 victims is stepping down after five years. Sheila Birnbaum will leave her post as special master of the fund that disburses compensation awards to first responders, recovery workers and other …

Connecticut Bill Would Help Firefighters Claim Cancer Compensation

Connecticut state lawmakers are considering legislation that would presume firefighters who have cancer most likely got it from their jobs, easing claims for insurance or workers’ compensation. The science supports firefighters’ argument, Waterbury Deputy Chief Richard Hart, political affairs director …