The number of employees who can be covered by various state laws and executive regulations that provide a certain level of compensation for workers who acquire COVID-19 at work varies significantly depending on the workforce and the nature of the order, researchers from the workers Research Institute for Compensation found in a study which was released on Tuesday.
WCRI, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, used data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to predict the number of workers who could be covered by the various laws and orders to help certain classes of workers gain easier access to workers' compensation if they acquired the virus. . In the evaluation of Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri, the researchers estimated the number of workers who could be covered by COVID-1
Alaska passed the only law that definitively assumes that firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and caregivers who are exposed to a person with coronavirus and diagnosed with the virus in the window of exposure acquired the virus at work. The law, which came into force in April, probably covers a total of 29,500 workers, according to WCRI estimates, with about 16,000 of them in health care.
In Arkansas, the government of Asa Hutchinson passed an executive order amending state statutes to enable the compensability for infectious diseases such as COVID-19. However, the order does not require any compensation, and WCRI predicts that approximately 61,000 healthcare staff could be covered, but that the number could be halved when he was adjusted for risk exposure.
In Indiana, the State Workers' Compensation Board in April urged employers. by first-time inspectors and healthcare professionals who were susceptible to COVID-19 because of their duties to assume that workers who acquired the virus were covered if they were quarantined on behalf of the employer. However, the order is not an assumption. WCRI predicts that as many as 413,000 workers could be covered by that directive, of which about 206,000 of them work in health care.
Kentucky, which approved the first COVID-19 compensation decision in April, has required employers whose workers were removed from work under a physician's occupational exposure directive to pay temporary total disability to these employees. Workers covered by the Kentucky Order include health care workers, first-time traders, food and mail workers, as well as community-based and child care workers who are allowed to work during the pandemic. WCRI predicts that approximately 293,000 workers could be covered by that order.
In Missouri, the state approved an emergency rule in April, creating an assumption for first responders if they had to be quarantined by their employer, showing symptoms and being diagnosed with COVID. -19. About 44,000 workers were predicted to be covered by this assumption.
WCRI said it intends to make predictions about workers covered by these executive orders and laws in other states.
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