Lawmakers Contemplate Invoice That Would Broaden COVID-19 Presumption| Employees Compensation Information

Monday, March 15, 2021 | 89 | 0 | 4 min read

A bill introduced into Connecticut legislature would extend a rebuttable COVID-19 presumption to key workers who contracted the virus outside of a set time frame in the past year, a local news site reported.

Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order last summer suspecting key workers who caught COVID-19 between March 10 and May 20 last year did so while on the job, CT Examiner reported.

However, many key workers who may have contracted the virus while working outside of this set time period would not be eligible for the suspicion and may have difficulty filing a successful claim, CT Examiner reported.

House Bill 6478 would put forward a presumption that would be active for key workers throughout the pandemic, and retrospectively charge employers to prove that their workers did not recognize the virus while at work.

HB 6478 would also increase government funeral benefits, which cover the funeral expenses of workers who die after contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.

The bill would increase the current benefit amount from $ 4,000 to $ 20,000.

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