News Digest 7-30-2021


Heed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund deadline, advocates urge

Advocates have raced against time to get as many building employees who were exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero to register for a compensation fund before a crucial deadline this week. The fund is meant to benefit people who have been affected by a September 11th related illness and offer financial help to anyone who gets sick in the future. This week’s deadline includes people who were certified by the World Trade Center Health Program for a 9/11 related physical illness before July 29, 2019. NY1


Pennsylvania justices take up case over workers’ comp claim limits

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will take a rare interlocutory appeal to address whether a former auto shop employee’s claims for toxic benzene exposure were barred under state workers’ compensation law. Law360 [may require registration]


Maine city receives dividend check for good performance, loss prevention programs

The City of Rockland has received an $8,669 dividend check from the Maine Municipal Association because of its good performance and loss prevention programs. This year, the Maine Municipal Association’s Workers Compensation Fund has distributed almost $725,000 in dividends to participants and the Property and Casualty Pool has paid dividends of nearly $600,000, for total payments of just over $1.2 million returned directly to MMA members. Penobscot Bay Pilot


Target giving $200 to frontline employees

Target announced Thursday that it’s giving all its frontline team members a $200 bonus, in recognition of their efforts over the last six months. Most recently the company awarded $500 bonuses to more than 375,000 team members. Earlier this year, Target also paid for frontline employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. WCCO