Legislation Signed that Extends Workers’ Compensation Eligibility and Benefits for 9/11 World Trade Center Workers

Wanted to let you know that the re-opener of the New York State Workers’ Compensation and Disability Retirement Registry for workers at the 9/11 site , Assembly bill 7803A sponsored by Assemblyman Abbate /Senate bill 5759A sponsored by Senator Golden, has been signed into law and is Chapter 489 of the Laws of 2013.

The legislation extends workers’ compensation eligibility and benefits for 9/11 World Trade Center workers. Most notably, the legislation reopens the NYS Workers Compensation Board’s World Trade Center Registry; extends the deadline period for filing Form WTC-12, Registration of Participation in World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and/or Clean-up Operations, with a new deadline to September 11, 2014. The Legislation also reopens previously time-barred World Trade Center claims and considers them timely; and adds new qualifying conditions to the law.

The NYS AFL-CIO will be working with its affiliates to spread the word, answer questions about eligibility and encourage any members or other workers who may be eligible to register, to do so prior to the new expiration date of September 11, 2014.

For more information and for copies of the form you can visit the NYS Workers Compensation Website.

A complete description of all the programs available to 9/11 Responders and Survivors can be found on the 911 Health Watch website.