The Illinois House has overwhelmingly voted for workers who are infected with COVID 19 while working in the front line to be compensated on the presumption that they got ill at work.
There were 113 members who voted in favor of the legislation against 2. The bill seeks to compensate workers considered “essential” who contracted the coronavirus since the start of the statewide stay-at-home order. In the bill, the essential workers will automatically qualify for workers’ compensation since they got ill while on the job.
This bill protects workers whose jobs require them to interact or come into contact with the public. It also protects those who are required to work in a workplace with more than 15 employees. Those eligible will be those who contracted COVID 19 after June 15.
Employers or companies can contest the claims if they show evidence that an employee contracted the virus somewhere else other than the workplace or that the workplace was safe in accordance with the state and federal public health guidelines.