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Patton Proposes Legislation Granting Coronavirus Compensation for Food Industry Workers

April 7, 2020
Thomas F. Patton News

State Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) recently proposed legislation within the Ohio Legislature that would give grocery store and food packaging and processing workers access to compensation if they contract COVID-19 while at their place of employment.

“These are essential workers who are on the frontlines providing their communities with necessities during this pandemic,” said Patton. “They deserve to be rightly compensated and should receive adequate protection for their health, safety and financial security.”

While some of employers within the industry are increasing some benefits for food workers due to the pandemic, it is simply not enough for the millions of employees. As a result, other states have implemented the first responder status for these workers in order to give them additional benefits.

“Food workers are out there being exposed to health hazards of the coronavirus,” said Patton. “This is not what these workers signed up for, but they are heroes during this very difficult time. I believe they should be rightfully recognized and financially compensated for their courageous efforts as it is the right thing to do.”

Along with Patton, state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) is a joint sponsor on the legislation.