A Study On Expanded Use Of Presumption’
The COVID-19 pandemic has effected fundamental changes on society, business and our very existence. It perhaps cannot yet be characterized as the equivalent of the plague, cholera, smallpox or even some historically significant influenza strains.
As of May 2020, COVID-19 is not yet even the most significant viral threat of our lifetime, that being human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which currently infects about 40 million worldwide and killed an estimated 770,000 in 2018. However, COVID-19 impacts are widespread, broad, personal, economic and societal.
Government responses have included testing, treatment, recommendations for social interaction, forced isolation through stay-at-home orders and diminished commerce through business closure orders.
Some states have further reacted to the threat with executive and legislative alteration of workers’ compensation, specifically regarding presumptions of compensability.
These presumptions are widely discriminatory, treating various workers differently than others.