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New Va. Laws To Reduce Financial Burden On Disabled, Unemployed

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Employers will now pay for needed modifications to the homes and vehicles of injured persons with legitimate workers’ compensation claims. And many employees will now have insurance coverage to diagnose and treat their children ages 2-6 years old, who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

"It's a step forward, and we have to recognize that it’s a fairly small step," says Del. Ken Plum. "We actually have some money in the budget for an autism study to be conducted next year."

Some new laws assist the unemployed. Currently, to be eligible for unemployment compensation, a worker must earn at least $2,700 in the two highest earnings quarters.

The state had planned to increase that threshold but delayed it. And a new law that helps seniors who are laid off after returning to the workforce eliminates the requirement that unemployment benefits are reduced by half of their Social Security benefits.

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