A New York bill that would expand the pool of workers covered by workers’ compensation claims for mental health injuries is now headed to Gov. Kathy Hochul for her consideration.
Senate Bill 6373 was presented to the governor’s office on Monday after it passed both houses of the legislature with majority votes in May and June, respectively.
The measure would amend the state’s workers’ compensation law to allow all workers to file claims related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Under current law, workers’ compensation claims for psychological injury are allowed for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
The bill replaces these occupations with all workers.
It also changes the language of the statute to say that psychological injury claims can be filed in cases involving work-related stress that occurs “on the job,”; as opposed to “in a work-related emergency,” which is the current wording.
It was not immediately clear whether the governor would sign the bill into law.