News Digest 7-30-2020


Flash: Judge Denies Injunction Against Amazon S.F.

An employee sues the online giant over conditions at its San Francisco grocery warehouse related to COVID-19. Here’s why the judge says a restraining order is not warranted. Cal-OSHA Reporter


Connecticut state trooper charged with workers compensation fraud

A 40-year-old Connecticut State Police trooper was charged last week with illegally collecting $47,000 in workers’ compensation from the state after a back injury on the job last summer. Investigators reportedly discovered he operated a t-shirt silk screening business while collecting benefits. Hartford Courant


Connecticut gov orders workers’ comp coverage for COVID

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont recently surprised lawmakers and lobbyists by announcing he would sign an executive order creating a presumption that essential employees who contracted COVID-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic are eligible for workers’ compensation. The governor did not define what period will be covered, but it is expected to cover mid-March to May 20, when he ordered a shutdown of schools and many businesses. CtMirror


Illinois county awards $97K to injured corrections officer

Kane County, Illinois officials have agreed to settle a workers’ compensation claim brought by a former corrections officer who was attacked and disarmed by a detainee in 2017 at a local hospital. The detainee overpowered the officer and took his handgun, then sexually assaulted a nurse whom he had taken hostage before police shot and killed him. Patch (Geneva, Ill.)


Coloradoans face uphill battle to claim workers’ comp for COVID

Colorado employees are facing an uphill battle to claim workers’ compensation on grounds they were infected at work with COVID. Nearly two-thirds of workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 have been initially denied, according to data provided by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Denver Post