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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Information

Posted on: June 17, 2020

Governor Signs Executive Orders

Monday, June 15, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced three Executive Orders during his daily COVID-19 Press Conference covering Workers’ Compensation Coverage, Medical Immunity and Business Liability.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage

  • Assures workers compensation coverage for employees
  • COVID-19 is considered an occupational disease under the law
  • COVID-19 shall be an exception to prohibition on compensation for ordinary diseases of life.
  • There must be a causal connection between employment and the disease.
  • Extends during the public health emergency.

Medical Immunity

  • Health care workers and providers are authorized to use crisis standards of care to respond to treat COVID-19 patients
  • The health care providers as emergency workers are immune from civil liability
  • Immunity does not extend to willful, reckless or intentional misconduct
  • Immunity is during the public health emergency

Business Liability

  • All businesses and their employees shall be immune from civil liability as a result of exposure to COVID-19
  • Immunity does not apply to willful, reckless or intentional misconduct
  • A presumption that the actions are not willful or reckless if the business owner substantially complies with public health directives
  • Immunity does not extend to workers’ compensation benefits
  • Immunity is effective from today until the emergency is terminated

To see the actual Executive Orders that the Governor issued and signed, please click HERE, HERE, and HERE.  

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