The following is a summary of 2020 NYSTRS-related legislation that has been signed into law.
COVID-19 Public Employee Death Benefit
Chapter 89 of the Laws of 2020 (S8427/A10528)
Signed into law May 30, 2020
Effective Date: March 1, 2020
Chapter 89 amends various provisions of law to establish a COVID-19 accidental death benefit for New York State public employees. The law would apply to NYSTRS members who reported to work at a place of employment as directed on or after March 1, 2020 and contracted COVID-19 within 45 days, and who died on or before December 31, 2020 with COVID-19 causing or contributing to their death.
Refer to our COVID-19 Accidental Death Benefit Fact Sheet for additional information regarding eligibility and claiming the benefit.