Illinois Senate passes law extending workers' comp protection measures for first responders, essential workers

  • Source: WAND-TV NBC 17 Decatur
  • Published: 01/12/2021 12:00 AM

Illinois Senate passes law extending protection measures for first responders and essential workers for another six months. The law established back in the spring allows essential workers and first responders to file for workers' compensation benefits if they contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment. State Senator Bill Cunningham led the Illinois Senate in the decision of the extension. "This law was a fair compromise that protects workers without unduly burdening businesses," said Cunningham. "It encourages businesses to protect their employees to the best of their ability and gives workers who aren't protected more resources to help them recover." Cunningham's measure also extends laws that increase the recovery period for certain injured public employees and provides death benefits to certain police and firefighters who die from COVID-19 contracted in the line of duty.


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