Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the announcement from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum of his signing of an executive order extending worker’s compensation coverage to first responders and health care providers who contract COVID-19 on the job.
Burgum noted that ND worker’s comp law currently doesn’t cover viruses, and isn’t structured to provide benefits for first responders and health care providers who are instructed to quarantine themselves before a positive test confirms transmission. The order provides up to 14 days of medical and wage replacement benefits if first responders and health care providers are quarantined, and if the virus is contracted on the job, the employee becomes eligible for full workers’ comp benefits. An estimated 80,000 workers will be covered.
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