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Compensation for Occupationally Acquired COVID-19

The Occupational Health and Safety Direction of 28 April 2020 (OHS Direction) imposes onerous health and safety obligations on employers to prepare and maintain the workplace in order to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 amongst employees returning to work.

These health and safety obligations are likely to remain in place as we move through the various Alert Levels. However, even if stringent health and safety measures are implemented, the risk exists that employees may be exposed to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the course and scope of their employment.

This newsflash considers compensation available to employees, and liability of an employer for ‘Occupationally Acquired COVID-19’.

The complete article is available on the Bowmans website.

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