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April 13, 2020 2:16pm

Workers’ Compensation benefits expanded for front-line workers during COVID-19 crisis

Last Thursday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced a new executive order expanding workers’ compensation benefits to certain workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In certain designated fields, workers will now receive temporary total disability payments if they are ordered removed from the position by a physician because of occupational exposure to COVID-19. The order clarifies that “occupational exposure” must include a causal connection “between the conditions under which the work is performed and COVID-19.”

Impacted workers include grocery store workers, employees of a healthcare entity, first responders, corrections officers, military, activated National Guard, domestic violence shelter workers, child advocacy workers, rape crisis center staff, Department for Community Based Services workers, postal service workers, and child care workers that are still providing care for certain groups allowed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, according to the administration.

The order applies to all insurers providing workers’ compensation coverage in Kentucky, self-insured groups, and any employer carrying its own risk.

The full order can be read here.