Hawaii lawmakers on Wednesday joined at least a dozen states by 2021 to propose legislation that would make COVID-19 a replaceable disease under work compensation.
H.B. 1224 would add language to the state's existing presumption laws and say that a disease is compensable if "COVID-19 has been caused by an employer's failure to maintain adequate workplace protection against exposure to the new coronavirus."
Oklahoma lawmakers this week presented a bill for introduction on Feb. 1 that would apply a COVID-19 assumption to first-instance recipients.
HB 2239 states that if a first responder tests positive for COVID-19, “the illness shall be presumed to have been contractual during the employment process unless the employer proves with a consideration of the evidence that the illness was not contracted during the employment process and the extent.
Both bills would enter into force immediately after the passage. Catalog
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