The New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance today called on Albany to guarantee workers’ compensation to include COVID-19 workplace exposure for all workers.
In recent weeks, a number of New York’s elected officials have called for the creation of some form of national fund, modeled after the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to help those who were designated as “essential workers” and have fallen ill or died from the virus. While the idea is well-intentioned, it overlooks the fact that New York already has a system in place that can — and should — be providing benefits: the workers’ compensation law.
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