A lawmaker in Virginia prepared legislation on Monday to make it easier for first responders, frontline medical workers and teachers to receive workers' compensation if they contract COVID-19 at work.
H. B. 5028, sponsored by Democratic delegate Jerrauld Jones, would amend the Virginia Code to assume that firefighters, law enforcement agencies, first responders, health care providers or school board employees who die or are reduced by COVID-19 acquire the virus during their employment "Unless such assumptions overcome by a consideration of competent evidence to the contrary. "
The amendment stipulates that the assumptions will only apply if the workers have ̵
If signed into law, the legislation would be retroactive until 1 January 2020.
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