Lawmakers are struggling to find a way to assist workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job without crippling businesses.
The governor says he will sign an executive order creating a presumption that COVID-19 contracted by essential workers is work-related.
As states plan to reopen, the GOP insists employers be shielded from liability if their workers or customers contract COVID-19.
Lawmakers, labor advocates and municipal leaders will announce a long-awaited compromise Monday on PTSD benefits for police and firefighters.
Expanded workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters with cancer, an issue derailed in the Connecticut General Assembly last year by a loud and bitter lobbying battle between municipalities and labor, seems likely to be resolved by a bipartisan-led compromise.
Beneath the struggle to pass a budget Tuesday, a fight that cast a shadow over everything and everyone in the State Capitol, were the myriad small dramas endemic to every session finale, when sleep-deprived lobbyists and legislators crash against the hard adjournment deadline of midnight Wednesday.
The state improperly charged Connecticut insurance companies and small businesses $450,000 last fiscal year to recoup a legislative raid on the Workers’ Compensation Administration Fund, the state auditors reported Monday.
But in a written response to the Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward, the commission insisted the assessment was necessary to ensure it had sufficient cash on hand to meet its obligations.