News Digest 4-3-2020

Quote of the day

“The expectation is that the pandemic and the subsequent shelter-in-place orders will, at least in the short-term, have a significant downward impact on workers’ comp claim frequency. That will be balanced by shrinking payroll. Medical costs are delayed as injured employees avoid seeking care during the crisis.”

Workers’ Comp Executive


Flash: Flash: Mid-Year Rate Filing

Will there be a California workers’ comp rate increase? What do industry actuaries have to say about the situation? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive


Attorneys discuss COVID-19 impacts on workers’ comp

Workers’ compensation attorneys are facing uncharted legal issues as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Here, two attorneys offer guidance for lawyers as they navigate COVID-19 issues with their clients. Legal Talk Network [with audio]


Florida first responders eligible for workers’ comp if they contract COVID-19

Florida police officers, firefighters, paramedics and national guard will be eligible for workers’ compensation if they can establish they contracted coronavirus at work. Recently, four Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies tested positive for the virus. CBS Miami


Florida CFO orders agency to fulfill workers’ comp claims for state-employed frontline workers

Florida is among a growing number of states to announce that some medical workers and first responders will be covered by workers’ compensation. Tampa Bay Times


What is an employer’s duty to report confirmed coronavirus cases?

As the U.S. continues to respond to the growing number of coronavirus cases, what is the obligation of employers to report confirmed cases? Lehigh Valley Business