Bloomberg Law
April 20, 2020, 7:56 PM

Workers’ Comp Attorneys See Trouble in OSHA Virus-Track Rules

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

Workers’ compensation attorneys claim OSHA guidance stating that most employers won’t have to determine whether an employee’s coronavirus infection was job-related will make it harder for workers to claim injury benefits.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a memorandum April 10 that walked back some of the agency’s requirements on when coronavirus infections must be recorded in federally mandated logs, limiting it in most circumstances to employers in the health-care industry, emergency response organizations such as police and fire departments, and correctional institutions. In early March, OSHA had issued guidance requiring far more employers to log the infections.

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