Workers’ Comp Implications of COVID-19 for Employers

OMA legal counsel Bricker & Eckler notes that the BWC has not provided a specific stance regarding compensability of COVID-19. The firm notes that claims of exposure to viruses or other potentially dangerous substances are generally not covered by workers’ compensation unless an injury or occupational disease results from such exposure. Therefore, a claim of exposure to COVID-19 at work is not, in itself, a compensable injury or disease. Each claim will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. See more here. 3/19/2020