The NSW Parliament has recently passed amendments to workers compensation laws in order to ease the legal burden amongst front-line employees. Nurses, paramedics, teachers and other essential workers will no longer have to prove they were infected with COVID-19 at work in order to make a claim.
“Nurses, midwives and other health workers are putting themselves in the face of danger every day. They certainly shouldn’t have to go through a long argument about where they were exposed to this illness…”
Also Including part-time and casual employees, this bipartisan amendment is a “big win” for workers according to Greens MP David Shoebridge.
The streamlined process eliminates additional bureaucratic headaches for those entitled to payments. These payments will be distributed at standard workers compensation rates and continue until seven days after a worker has been cleared of the disease or returned to work.
“Apart from the stresses of getting COVID that would be a big relief not to have to prove you got it from work and be compensated properly for it.”
Supporters of the amendment have also called for nationwide replication, which would allow all Australian essential workers to benefit.