Colorado legislators introduced legislation to extend workers' compensation protections to essential workers who contract coronavirus at work.
S.B. 216, introduced Tuesday by Democratic Senator Robert Rodriguez, creates a recall assumption for key workers diagnosed with coronaviruses that they believe were caused by COVID-19 during the course and scope of their employment.
The bill states that an essential worker will be considered to have contracted COVID-19 at work if they test positive for the virus, diagnosed by a licensed physician, or have COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on the worker's death certificate.
The legislation classifies key workers as first responders, including 91
but the assumption by providing "clear and convincing evidence of specific causation" which states that the worker did not contract the virus through his employment.
The bill would come into force when it was signed into law and would be applied retroactively at the beginning of the Colorado stay-to-home order in March. The legislation also provides that the law would sunset June 21, 2022.
S.B. 216 has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee for further review.
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