An agreement on workers compensation and unemployment insurance changes due to the Coronavirus emergency is on its way to the Governor’s desk, State Representative Dan Brady announced. Brady (R-Normal) said today that the plan’s final approval will be good news for area businesses and workers alike.
“This plan is truly a cooperative effort. Business leaders, labor unions, and all four caucuses of the General Assembly worked together to help ensure our first responders and also other essential employees who contracted Coronavirus on the job have access to needed workers compensation benefits. The plan also secures more than $2 billion in funding for unemployment claims.”
Rep. Brady says the agreement contained in HB 2455 allows workers compensation in cases of first responders, health care workers and other essential workers exposed to or contracting Coronavirus on the job. He noted that all employees of health care providers, nursing homes, home care workers and corrections workers are also included.
The Unemployment Insurance portion of the plan will secure federal coverage of first week’s benefits for claimants, and a total of $2.2 billion in relief for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund through reimbursements and offsets. Benefits for unemployed workers will be extended for an additional 13 weeks for all claims made on or after March 15th.
Brady noted that businesses will save on unemployment insurance costs through non-charging due to layoffs. Coronavirus-related unemployment claims will not impact employers’ experience ratings.
“This plan is truly the type of cooperation we need now more than ever to help our communities recover,” Brady said.