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“6 Workers’ Comp Issues Shaping the Regulatory Landscape Across the U.S.”

Annemarie Mannion | Risk&Insurance • September 25, 2022

On September 25, 2022, an article was published in Risk&Insurance, “6 Workers’ Comp Issues Shaping the Regulatory Landscape Across the U.S.” This article covers several factors impacting Workers’ Compensation across the country. The first topic covered was the effects of COVID-19. Several states proposed legislation to extend expiration dates for COVID-19 workers’ compensation cases this year, and other states have been discussing establishing new COVID-19 presumptions. This may also incorporate a broader infectious disease workers’ compensation presumption that could extend beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Also discussed in this article are the COVID-19 vaccines. A few states are proposing legislation to create a private right of action for specific injuries or death resulting from an employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccination.

Workers’ mental health was the next item discussed in this article. In particular, post-traumatic stress disorder was one of the most monitored workers’ compensation mental health claims. New studies are being held to determine the effects that first responders, law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, and others in the field handle incidences of PTSD. For example, in Florida, a new law is being extended for workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD to correctional officers under certain circumstances.

Cannabis use was number 4 listed in this article. While marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, states continue to legalize it in various forms across the country. However, this means that states are now enacting legislation stating compensation coverage for medical marijuana as workers’ compensation under certain circumstances.

The Single-Payer Health Insurance System has been discussed at the state and federal levels for several years. Four states so far, California, Kansas, New York, and Rhode Island, have considered using single-payer health insurance proposals with a workers’ compensation component.

Lastly, Independent Contractors have been presented as a factor in workers’ compensation cases. Some states are creating a multi-prong test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor to determine workers’ compensation benefits.

In conclusion, there are many aspects and factors regarding workers’ compensation and the process. When accidents happen, and you are injured at work, turn to the lawyers at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan, LLP to fight for you. Contact us today at: 866.557.7500.


Source: Annemarie Mannion | Risk&Insurance • September 25,, 2022 • “6 Workers’ Comp Issues Shaping the Regulatory Landscape Across the U.S”