News Digest 5-21-2020

Quote of the day

“These small businesses were shut down through no fault of their own, and as they commit to bringing employees back from unemployment and to helping rebuild the New Jersey economy, they shouldn’t face losing everything due to an unjustified lawsuit.”

Eileen Kean, New Jersey director for the National Federation of Independent Business




Flash: Presumption Estimates Slashed for Workers’ Comp

New estimates are coming in as to what the COVID-19 pandemic might cost the California workers’ comp system? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive


Ohio BWC to distribute face masks, gov says

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade facemasks to Ohio employers who are covered by the agency. The coverings cost less than $1 apiece and will be paid for by the BWC’s existing budget with no impact to employer premiums, according to the agency. WSYX/WTTE


New Jersey small businesses seek immunity from coronavirus lawsuits

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last month signed a law providing protection to healthcare employees from malpractice lawsuits alleging death or injury related to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Federation of Independent Business is advocating for legislation that protects businesses from lawsuits other than those alleging gross negligence. NJ101.5


Hundreds of Massachusetts workers say companies failed to protect them from COVID-19

Massachusetts employees, many of them deemed essential workers, have filed hundreds of complaints with the federal government in recent weeks, alleging employers failed to keep them protected from the coronavirus. As of last Wednesday, more than 13,600 complaints and referrals related to COVID-19 had been filed nationwide. MSN


Attorney discusses legal field during COVID-19

Attorney Charles Volkert of Robert Half discusses the current state of the legal profession, the impact COVID-19 has had on certain practice areas and possible opportunities for lawyers. Legal Talk Network [with audio]