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Front-line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus On The Job To Receive Workers’ Comp – Gotham Gazette

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Infected front-line workers, from hospitals to groceries, are being asked to prove they contracted the coronavirus on the job in order to receive workers’ compensation and death benefits, according to the Gotham Gazette.

Union leaders and elected officials told the outlet that New York state’s workers’ compensation law requires these essential employees to show they contracted COVID-19 at work and not somewhere else. First responders must pinpoint the specific circumstances in which they may have been exposed.

“There was an assumption that the employers were doing the right thing, that they were considering this a workplace illness because it was pretty obvious that all essential workers, out there while we were all sheltered in place, of course were exposed,” said Pat Kane, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line throughout the pandemic often without the proper protective equipment and supporting staff, particularly at nursing homes. But now they can’t get the help that they need for themselves and their own families,” said John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP.

“It’s another situation where companies have put profits over people, and it’s wrong.”


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This is the first in our series of articles about issues surrounding frontline workers compensation related to the COVID-19 crisis in the State of New York. Please watch this space for further articles and other resources.

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