News Digest 6-22-2020

Quote of the day

“It’s been kind of depressing being isolated from everyone around you because you don’t want to make them sick, but it’s also sad that I feel punished by my company for doing my job and getting sick.”

Glenn Green, truck driver

Freight Waves


Flash: Masks Now Required Everywhere in California

New guidelines outline when face coverings are now required in California and when Californians can go without. Click here for the guidance. Workers’ Comp Executive


New Louisiana law grants COVID-19 liability protection to businesses

While there is ongoing discussion at the federal level of legislation to provide some liability protections for businesses in certain circumstances, several states are stepping into the void and enacting legislation of their own, writes attorney Christopher Mann of Jones Walker. In Louisiana earlier this month, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law liability protections for businesses from claims brought by both customers and employees related to COVID-19 exposure. National Law Review


What happens when employees refuse to return to the office?

Many businesses across the country have been working to safely reopen their offices. From disinfecting desks to implementing social distancing guidelines, some employers are learning it still might not be enough to bring people back to their desks. KXXV (Waco, Texas)


Trucker wrestles with next steps after denial of workers’ comp

A veteran trucker says he is among many frontline workers who must now prove his COVID-19 is work-related. Glenn Green suspects he contracted the illness at one of the many truck stops or plants he delivered along his route that took him through at least six states over a two-week period. The third-party workers’ compensation company his employer uses stated in its denial, “there is no evidence that the employee was exposed to the same strain of COVID-19 that anyone may or may not have had.” FreightWaves [with audio]