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List Of Legislative Actions Needed To Be Taken To Deal With Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

The list of needed legislative action to combat the coronavirus crisis that now is unfolding in Wisconsin, and the rest of the nation, can be printed in a neat and concise fashion.  The following comes from the AFL-CIO, and is not a partisan call but one that will aid the entirety of a nation who are frightened and need leadership.

It is time that Republicans and Democrats fixate on the health of the citizens and place their political goals in a storage bin.

  • Establish a minimum 14-day sick day bank for every worker impacted by the pandemic.
  • No worker should be punished or ‘dinged’ for calling in sick.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must issue an emergency temporary standard to ensure the immediate protection of workers in health care workplaces and other high-risk workplaces identified by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Those who are affected by the virus while receiving unemployment benefits should be exempt from the requiremen to search for work.
  • Ensure that working people understand that if they are injured or infected as a result of their work, they are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits.
  • All people should have access to free COVID-19 testing and no person should have to incur any cost whatsoever, whether in the form of copays, deductibles, or out-of-pocket costs, related to treatment for COVID-19. Costs should not be a barrier to testing and treatment.
  • Personal Protective Equipment should be readily available for anyone tasked with treating potentially infected populations.
  • Coronavirus related time off should not count against a worker’s Family and Medical Leave Act benefits.

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