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Lawmakers in two states have introduced legislation would make COVID-19 an occupational injury by presumption, potentially joining the wave of laws and executive orders currently in place in 19 states and introduced as legislation in 11 states so far in 2021.
H.B. 1433, introduced to lawmakers in North Dakota on Monday, would create a rebuttable presumption for 34 professions considered “essential,” including transportation workers, government workers, school employees and health care workers. That bill, which was sent to the Joint Industry, Business, and Labor Committee, would go into effect upon passage and would expire on July 31, 2023.
In Virginia, H.B. 2207 was introduced on Wednesday and would apply the COVID-19 presumption to firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers and correctional officers.
The bill, which would provide presumption to workers infected between March 12, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, was sent to a House Labor and Commerce subcommittee.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday signed into law a bill that establishes a fund to compensate first responders who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder without a corresponding physical injury.