On Wednesday, Rhode Island lawmakers introduced a bill that would revise workers 'compensation laws to allow an injured worker who tested positive for alcohol or a controlled substance after an injury an opportunity to prove their non-intoxication to receive workers' compensation.  HB 5473 would provide an opportunity for injured workers who are believed to be intoxicated because they tested positive for alcohol or a non-prescribed substance at the time of the incident to refute that assumption by establishing that they were not intoxicated and that the intoxication was not  Legislators also introduced a bill on Wednesday to make it easier for government essential workers and public safety officials who contract COVID-1
HB 5474 would create a rebuttable assumption that police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, health care professionals, prison guards, food, retail, transport and delivery workers who receive coronavirus did so under the scope and scope of employment and are entitled to health care in acute danger.
Both bills have been referred to the House Working Committee and would take effect immediately if signed into law.
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