Senator Noncommittal on Presumption Payments This 12 months| Employees Compensation Information

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 66 | 0 | min read

A senior Florida state senator did not pledge to consider a COVID-19 presumption law when lawmakers meet next month, despite a growing number of claims from workers and a rejection rate of 43%.

Late. Jeff Brandes

“I think we’re going to consider this part of the entire pandemic committee,” said Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He spoke to Florida Intelligence and referred to the Senate Pandemic Preparedness and Response Committee.

The state’s Department of Compensation for Workers reported that health, education, and civil service workers filed nearly 24,700 COVID-related compensation claims in 2020. Around 43% of all COVID applications have been rejected.

Unlike 21 other states, Florida has no presumption of conformity law for most key workers with the still-spreading disease. First responders and their attorneys have asked state officials to take such action, but no presumption calculations have been submitted.

The legislature meets on March 2nd.

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