The workers’ compensation system has been characterized as the grand bargain for both employer and employee. COVID-19, however, has made society a third party in this, following a workplace-linked case being ruled compensable under workers’ compensation. Are we entering a new era of socialization of risks, where employee protections are balanced with businesses’ role in a well-functioning economy? Explore evolving expectations related to infectious diseases. Determine to what degree communicable diseases may be considered job-related and whether the intention of workers’ compensation has been permanently modified.
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