Santa Monica, CA – RAND Corporation recently released a new Perspectives Report that examines policymakers’ initial efforts and reasoning around enabling access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who are required to work outside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report also takes a look at the potential impact on workers, employers, and insurers of continuing to expand the availability of workers’ comp benefits.
Lastly, the researchers provide examples of further questions that may warrant consideration by policymakers and others when evaluating past policies and creating new ones to meet future public health emergencies.
RAND noted that labor groups argue that covering losses related to COVID-19 through the workers’ comp system offers protection for vulnerable workers whose jobs put them at higher risk of infection than the general public, while business groups argue that the difficulties in contact tracing and the virus’s three- to five-day incubation period, would make it unfair to require insurers to pay benefits to workers who could have contracted COVID-19 outside of work (costs likely to be passed along to employers in the form of higher premiums).
Read the free report here: RAND Perspectives: COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation Considerations for Policymakers
Source: RAND Corporation