In September 2020, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) issued guidance related to COVID-19 claims and their compensability under the State’s workers’ compensation laws. This guidance is especially noteworthy because workers’ compensation claims are expected to increase substantially as a result of COVID-19.
By way of background, New York is one of the few states that statutorily requires employers to obtain workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance provides benefits to workers who become ill or injured due to their employment, i.e. a work-related illness or injury. The recently-released guidance, therefore, is particularly significant because it states that Empire State employees who contract COVID-19 while working will generally be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Compensable claims entitle an employee to payment of an injured worker’s medical treatment for the work-related illness, wage replacement benefits if the illness prevents the employee from working, benefits to an employee’s surviving dependents in the event of death, and reimbursement of funeral expenses.
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