Q. If some of these diseases aren’t apparent for years, how can we be sure which company was responsible?
This legislation only makes that problem worse. Workers’ compensation benefits for occupational diseases are paid by the victim’s final employer. Under this legislation, if an asbestos company was not the victim’s last employer, the asbestos company would not be required to pay compensation. Instead, the last employer would be required to pay all benefits and medical bills, shifting the costs onto innocent local businesses.