Lawmakers Debate Whether Emotional Trauma Should Be Covered By Workers’ Compensation

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Legislators already created a privately-funded foundation to help those who responded to the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, but there’s still legislation pending that would provide individuals access to workers’ compensation benefits if they are emotionally impaired after a traumatic event.


The bill is on the Senate calendar and it would apply to both public and private employers.


The state’s largest municipal lobby says the bill could devastate local budgets if it is passed.


“They’re trying to leverage the Newtown tragedy to their own benefit,” Jim Finley, executive director and CEO of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said last week. “The Newtown first responders were handled in an appropriate way.”





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