One at One: Is COVID-19 an “Occupational Disease”?
Posted May 26, 2020
Would COVID-19 qualify as an “occupational disease” under New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation Law?
It may. Public safety workers such as Police Officers and EMTs who contract communicable diseases are compensated under the law. Other employees must demonstrate that it is more probable than not they contracted COVID-19 as a result of the conditions particular to their place of work. In addition, other employees must demonstrate they did not willfully self-expose themselves or fail to use reasonable protections furnished by the employer.
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