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Virus Hits Frontline Workers in Taxed Public Health System

As a veteran public health worker, Chantee Mack knew the coronavirus could kill. She already faced health challenges and didn’t want to take any chances during the pandemic. So she asked — twice — for permission to work from home. …

No Guarantee of Workers’ Comp Benefits For Essential Workers

WASHINGTON — Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they’ll qualify for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages and medical care. Fewer than …

Federal Lawmakers Propose Heroes Compensation Act For Essential Worker Comp

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a plan to compensate essential workers who fall sick of die from COVID-19, modeling the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-NY, …

Trump’s Slaughterhouse Order a Blunt Tool Against Political Risk

President Donald Trump’s unprecedented order to keep U.S. slaughterhouses running is a blunt instrument to stave off a catastrophe threatening his rural base and the voters elsewhere he’ll need to win re-election. The meatpacking closures forced by the pandemic are …

Analyst Projects COVID-19 Presumption for Work Comp Will Cost $10 Billion

While the potential cost of relaxing a tenet of the workers compensation system to deal with extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19 could top $50 billion, it’s more likely to be one-fifth of that, an analyst reported last week. States like Michigan …