Washington State Modifies Workers’ Compensation Rules for Quarantined First Responders and Health Care Workers
Mar 5, 2020

The team over at The Way is tracking regulatory changes related to COVID-19.  On March 5, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, along with the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), changed state policy around workers’ compensation coverage for quarantined health care workers and first responders.

 

The changes are effective immediately.

 

L&I will provide benefits to quarantined workers if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 on the job.  Quarantined workers paid by their employer need not file a workers’ compensation claim.  Current L&I rules provide for workers’ compensation coverage if health care providers and first responders become sick in connection with their job duties.  Workers can file a workers’ compensation claim up to two years after being exposed to a disease at work.

 

We will continue to follow these and other legislative and regulatory changes related to COVID-19. 

 

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