SCHAUMBURG, IL – Legislation backed by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, to help support essential workers and provide relief for residents whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis, and it is critical that we support our essential workers and first responders just as they have continued to support us,” said Mussman. “Expanding protections for essential workers who are diagnosed with the virus is just one way we can help provide assistance to those on the frontlines of this public health emergency.”
Mussman supported House Bill 2455 to allow health care workers, first responders and employees of essential businesses such as grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies to receive workers’ compensation if they are diagnosed with virus. In addition, the measure also expands unemployment insurance by waiving the one-week waiting period to receive benefits and lengthening the maximum time for extended benefits from 13 to 20 weeks. The legislation passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support and was signed into law in June by the governor.
“This pandemic has created incredible hardships for many throughout our community, but putting protections in place to support frontline workers and ensuring support for those whose employment has been wiped out by the effects of the virus can help provide stability in a time of great uncertainty,” said Mussman. “More work remains to provide real relief to those most affected by the virus, and I will continue to prioritize the needs of Illinois families as we navigate through an unpredictable future.”
COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. Information concerning COVID-19 in Illinois can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov, or by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-393.