The Tennessee Senate introduced and passed a bill on Monday that would make COVID-19 an occupational disease for important workers under certain conditions.
According to S.B. 8007, a worker suffering from COVID-19 would be presumed to have contracted the virus during the course of his employment if 10 or more employees in the same place had agreed to COVID-19 or if the worker is a major worker, as defined in Gov. Bill Lee's executive order on 30 March. The order lists a number of industries including health care, childcare, grocery and medical retail, among others.
The bill stipulates that the assumption can be rebutted if the employer or insurer shows “with clear and convincing evidence that the employee's contraction of COVID-1
Meeting of COVID-19 must be demonstrated with a positive laboratory diagnostic test; the written diagnosis by a licensed physician, medical assistant, or nurse; or, in the case of a deceased employee, COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death on the employee's death certificate, according to the bill.