News Digest 6-19-2020

Quote of the day

“I’m a single mom. I have two teen-aged boys, and I had to dip into savings with the times I didn’t get paid and stuff, which is obviously not what I wanted to do with my savings.”

Dori Harrington, one of more than 700 Connecticut workers now seeking workers’ compensation for work-related COVID-19




Connecticut considering extending workers’ compensation to essential employees

Lawmakers on the Connecticut labor and insurance committees jointly conducted an information gathering hearing Wednesday on extending workers’ compensation coverage to include COVID-19 as a work-related illness. Specifically, legislators are weighing whether Connecticut should create a rebuttable presumption of coverage that would shift the burden onto the employer and its insurer to prove an employee did not become infected at work. Republican-American


Michigan executive order ensures workers’ comp eligibility for frontliners

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order clarifying Workers’ Disability Compensation Act eligibility during the pandemic. It provides that individuals who work as correctional officers, medical staff, and cafeteria staff who serve prisoners will be entitled to workers’ compensation if they suffer a personal injury as a result of COVID-19. ClickOnDetroit


Ohio corrections officer’s workers’ comp claim for COVID-19 denied

Some essential employees in Cleveland, including a corrections officer, report their workers’ compensation claims for job-related COVID-19 were denied. At the Cuyahoga County Jail, she is one of 25 correction officers at the jail to contract the virus, along with numerous detainees. Fox8 (Cleveland)


South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission updates fee schedule

National health care insurance nonprofit Fair Health has teamed up with the S.C. Workers Compensation Commission to update the state’s fee schedule as of April 1. GSA Business Report