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New York mental injury bill heads to governor

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A New York bill that would expand the pool of workers covered by workers compensation mental injury claims is now headed to Gov. Kathy Hochul for her consideration.

Senate Bill 6373 was advanced to the governor’s office on Monday after it cleared both chambers of the legislature in majority votes in May and June, respectively.

The measure would amend the state’s workers compensation law to permit all workers the ability to file injury claims relating to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Under existing law, workers compensation mental injury claims are permitted for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

The bill replaces those professions with all workers.

It also amends language in the statute to say that mental injury claims can be filed in cases involving work-related stresses occurring “at work,” as opposed to “in a work-related emergency,” which is the current wording.

It was not immediately clear whether the governor would sign the bill into law.