Governor Lamont says Connecticut owes a debt to the health care professionals, grocery store clerks, and other essential workers who stood at their posts during the height of the pandemic. He plans to issue an executive order about providing workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job with a timely, straightforward opportunity to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Danbury Senator Julie Kushner commented on the proposal, which came the same day she and others held a rally for the change.
The Insurance and Labor committees held a joint informational hearing on June 17 on the issue of expanding workers' compensation coverage to employees who have been hurt on the job by COVID-19 infections.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began four months ago, Kushner says the state made a promise to first responders and to essential workers that the state would be there for them because they were there for the community.