Workers’ Compensation Division informs workers of their rights regarding workplace exposure to COVID-19
Workers have a right to file for workers’ compensation for COVID-19.
A new flyer published Nov. 12 by the Workers' Compensation Division (WCD) informs workers in Oregon that they have the right to file for workers' compensation for COVID-19.
The flyer says “workers who have been quarantined or isolated due to a workplace exposure or have contracted COVID-19 in the workplace may be entitled to have their lost wages and medical expenses covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance.”
Also covered in the industry notice is a list of rules for COVID-19-related workers' comp issues, including that employers may not prevent a worker from reporting or filing a claim for any on-the-job injury, exposure, or illness, and they must provide an 801 form if a worker requests it.
WCD suggests that employers share this information with employees by posting in the workplace or sharing electronically.