Despite strong pressure for assumptions about compensation for covid-19 workers in the early stages of the pandemic, less than half of the 18 states that passed legislation or saw executive orders still have the regulations in place, according to a report released Wednesday by National Council on Compensation Insurance.
Seven states still had a presumption of covid-19 or infectious diseases in effect on June 1, according to the report, which noted that 12 assumptions have expired and three others are expected to expire in 2023.
At the same time, five states were considering legislation in 2022 to extend the assumption that covid-19 disease fell ill at work, with mixed results. Three states ̵1; Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – have legislation in place, and bills failed in Florida and Maryland.
Five states proposed legislation to create workers’ compensation assumptions that may be applicable beyond the current covid-19 pandemic.
According to the NCCI, “these types of proposals may specifically mention COVID-19, but may also include terms such as ‘infectious disease’, ‘COVID-19 or similar disease’ or ‘other future qualifying pandemic’. And they may not include sunset provisions or expiration dates.”
Three states have such legislation in place: California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Similar bills failed in Florida and Missouri, NCCI reported.