Lamont to order COVID workers’ compensation coverage

From CT Mirror.

Gov. Ned Lamont surprised lawmakers and lobbyists by announcing Friday afternoon he will sign an executive order creating a presumption that essential workers who contracted COVID-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic are eligible for workers’ compensation.

“Connecticut owes a debt to the health care professionals, grocery store clerks, and other essential workers who stood at their posts during the darkest days of this pandemic,” Lamont said in a statement. “We can pay a part of that debt by providing workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job during those days with a timely, straightforward opportunity to claim any benefits they are due through the workers’ compensation system.”

He did not define what period will be covered, but it likely will comport with a deal that Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, was trying to strike. It would have covered the period from mid-March to May 20, when Lamont ordered a shut down of schools and many businesses.

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