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9/11 Health - News and Events - 9-11 Worker Protection Task Force Interim Report

September 11th  Workers’ Task Force Recommends Legislative Changes
June 4, 2009

The September 11th Worker Protection Task Force recently issued its 2009 annual report PDF Document (Reader Required; Click to Download), recommending the following legislative changes:

  • Tiers I and II of the NYC Teachers' Retirement System and the Board of Education Retirement System should be included in the World Trade Center Disability Law.
  • The definition of "qualifying condition" under Workers' Compensation Law should be changed from the term "œlatent condition" to a non-exhaustive list of qualifying conditions based on a similar list from the NYS Retirement and Social Security Law.
  • The Workers' Compensation Board should contact certain 9/11 claimants whose cases have been closed, advise them of their right to file medical evidence and reopen their claims, and suggest that they may wish to consult an attorney and/or attend publicly-funded 9/11 medical clinics.
  • New York City and other self-insured employers and carriers should review their internal practices and avoid inappropriate delays of claims and appeals.
  • The Workers' Compensation Committee of the Task Force should remain in place to monitor continuing developments in rescue, recovery and cleanup claims (following a yearlong review of the New York State workers' compensation system, this committee produced its own list of recommended changes which are included as Exhibit B in the report).

Last year, all six recommendations made by the Task Force became law. There are 19 members of the Task Force, including New York City and New York State elected officials, union leaders and physicians specializing in occupational medicine. The Task Force was created in 2005 to ensure that New York City and New York State employees injured in the WTC rescue and recovery effort are eligible for accidental disability benefits.


 
 

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