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Delaware state senators on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation that would expand death benefits for surviving spouses of workers who die on the job.
As stated, S.B. 123 would allow “all surviving spouses of persons killed in the course and scope of employment to receive the same level of death benefits as the surviving spouses of those persons … in the event that the surviving spouse remarries.”
This expansion of the death benefit beyond the surviving spouses of those persons would result in all surviving spouses, who decide to remarry, being treated equally under the state’s workers compensation laws, according to the bill.
The bill now heads to state House of Representatives for consideration.
New York lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would create death benefits on presumption for public employees who died from COVID-19.