Workers’ Comp Commission Rescinds Emergency COVID-19 Rule. What’s to Come?

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Earlier this week, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) repealed an emergency rule it had issued last month. 

The emergency rule would have allowed essential employees – everyone from first responders to grocery store workers – to receive coverage under workers’ compensation during the governor’s disaster declaration if they contract COVID-19, rebuttably presuming that the exposure arose out of and is causally connected to the employee’s employment. Under normal conditions, Illinois workers must show that their illness or injury arose out of and in the course of their employment. 

As many states are expanding workers’ compensation in this COVID-19 era, the IWCC may revisit the issue and provide a revised policy that would still address first responders and front-line workers in Illinois. 

ISMS will keep you informed of any developments. If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.

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