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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Workers' Compensation

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

State laws vary in their treatment of COVID-19 as a compensable injury or illness under workers' compensation laws. Some states have established rebuttable presumptions that COVID-19 is an occupational illness for certain workers (e.g., healthcare employees or first responders) or for any employee with workplace exposure. Some of these laws were limited in duration and have since expired, while others are long-term or permanent.

This resource tracks developments in state statutes, executive orders and regulations that specify whether, when and how workers' compensation coverage applies to cases of COVID-19. Effective dates and expiration or sunset dates are noted throughout.