As workplaces reopen, employees, employers and state governments consider whether and how to apply workers’ compensation insurance to Covid-19.
Workers’ compensation insurance provides no-fault benefits to employees who are injured, fall ill or die on the job in exchange for forfeiting their rights to sue their employer for additional sums. Called exclusive remedy, buyers of staffing services are likewise protected should a temporary worker be injured or sickened on the worksite, due to the co-employment relationship the buyer shares with the staffing provider.
As workplaces reopen while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to infect individuals throughout the country, employees, employers and state governments are considering whether and how to apply workers’ compensation insurance to a widespread and difficult-to-trace virus.
Attorneys from Sullivan and Cromwell discuss the issue in Corporate Secretary.