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Michael Moore filed SD 2865 yesterday which is emergency legislation to protect the health and safety of first responders across the Commonwealth.
The proposed legislation would protect first responders by providing financial security to any first responder who comes in contact with the Coronavirus and may be out of work as a result
The legislation would protect police, firefighters, correction officers, dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, nursing professionals and any other person who is acting in the capacity as a first responder
Under the legislation and work that is missed as a result of self quarantine, mandated quarantine, or hospitalization due to the coronavirus would be covered.
This means that first responders would not have to use personal time, sick time or vacation time if they are unable to work due to the coronavirus. Any time spent out sick as a result of the coronavirus would be considered on duty time and referred to as, “emergency hazard health duty.”
“I think that we are facing enough uncertainty as it is right now. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide these measures to our first responders in the Commonwealth, so they can protect their health while knowing they are financially secure. By allowing these public safety officials to stay home when necessary, we are also helping limit the spread of the virus throughout the state.”
– Senator Moore
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