News Digest 6-18-2021


Flash: Masks Off for Vaccinated Employees in California

Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board, on its third try, adopts revisions to the controversial COVID emergency standard. And now the governor has weighed in on its effective date. Workers’ Comp Executive


New York: Albany policeman loses quest for workers’ comp

An Albany, New York city policeman, cleared of internal disciplinary charges after he kicked open an apartment door and used pepper spray on people in 2019, cannot collect workers’ compensation for work-related stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, an appellate court ruled Thursday. The officer filed for workers’ comp after his department suspended him for alleged wrongdoing in the incident, a response to a large party. Albany Times Union [may require registration]


Four questions on directors’ minds as the world returns to work

Workers’ compensation and new shield laws offer employers some protection from liability if employees contract COVID-19 at work, write several attorneys at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. JD Supra


Family of TSA worker who died of COVID-19 finally receives workers’ comp

After months of delay, the family of a Transportation Security Administration employee in Honolulu has received workers’ compensation in connection with the death of a 43-year-old employee who contracted COVID-19 in November and died several weeks later. KITV


Selection process begins for New Mexico Supreme Court succession

The selection process is underway to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the departure of Barbara Vigil at the end of June. Applicants include State District Judge Victor Lopez, a former state workers’ compensation official. AP News