News Digest 6-1-2020

Quote of the day

“Why? The fear (that) the next negative wave to be spawned by COVID will be the wave of lawsuits.”

Ohio State Rep. Diane Grendell, sponsor of legislation that would temporarily grant legal immunity to Ohio businesses



Startup secures $127M to provide workers’ comp to small businesses

A Washington, D.C.-based startup offering workers’ compensation insurance to small businesses, announced last week it closed on a $127 million in new financing. Pie Insurance, which also has an office in Denver, offers workers’ comp coverage in 34 states and the District of Columbia. crunchbase news


Black lung disease is back despite safety improvements

Despite improvements in health and safety in US mining, black lung disease is seeing a resurgence in cases. Mining Technology


Bill granting businesses, healthcare employees immunity passes Ohio House

Controversial legislation to temporarily grant legal immunity to Ohio businesses, particularly nursing homes and other health care providers, for transmitting coronavirus passed the Ohio House Thursday, including an amendment that would make prison staff, grocery-store workers, and first-responders eligible for workers’ compensation. Cleveland Plain Dealer/MSN


Four tips for ensuring remote employee safety and business insurance coverage during a crisis

Many business owners may have neglected to consider how the new normal was affecting their business insurance policies or if they would be covered in certain situations that go hand-in-hand with remote work. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re operating a business with employees who work from home, according to Lev Barinskiy, Forbes Councils Member. Forbes


Personal injury lawyers targeting COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuits

Families and legal teams throughout the country are taking aim at employers with wrongful death lawsuits that are based on deaths caused by COVID-19 infections. Several nursing homes have been targeted, as well as Walmart, Princess Cruise Lines and Tyson Foods. Nailing down when and how a decedent became infected will be a pivotal issue. RWB Press