COVID-19 & Your Business: Frequent Questions

May an employee file for workers’ compensation benefits if he or she has been exposed to COVID-19 at work?

Generally, for there to be a compensable workers’ compensation claim, there must be an injury or occupational disease that occurs in the course of an employee’s employment, and that also arises out of that employment. In terms of the current COVID-19 outbreak, an employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the employee was exposed to the virus while traveling on business or the employee was exposed to the virus by someone in the workplace. If an employee reports a belief that he or she contracted COVID-19 at work, employers should follow their standard accident and injury reporting procedures and, if they are subscribers, contact their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Employers should avoid making their own determination as to where or how an employee contracted the virus, but allow their insurance carrier to conduct an investigation and make that determination.

Last updated June 22

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