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Staph infection presumption bill introduced in N.Y.


New York lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would make staph infections for certain corrections workers compensable by presumption.

S.B. 9210 would apply to disability retirement for correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrols and deputy sheriff patrol supervisors and would deem them “physically incapacitated for performance of duty” if they experience a methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus or staph/MRSA infection while employed.

The bill states that the worker “shall have such diagnosis be presumptive evidence that such disability was incurred in the performance and discharge of duty” unless “the contrary be proven by competent evidence.” The presumption would also not apply if physical examination was performed upon hiring and the worker failed to disclose evidence of previous infection.

The annual retirement allowance payable is equal to three-quarters of his or her final average salary, the bill states.

The bill was referred to civil service and pensions committee.