Swine flu prompts queries about workers’ comp in Colorado
DENVER, Colorado” Colorado’s swine-flu cases has prompted a flurry of calls to insurers about whether infected employees can apply for workers’ compensation.
There are also questions about employees who have to travel to areas with high infection rates.
Employers are concerned because workers’ compensation premiums are based on the number of claims. One worker with a highly infectious disease could infect an entire office or plant.
Suzi Stolte of Pinnacol Assurance, the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation coverage, said employees would have to show they were exposed on the job.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 39 confirmed cases for Colorado Monday.
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