Workers Compensation and COVID-19

In CCSA eConnect 3 June 2020 we advised that the NSW Government had passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 which amends the Workers Compensation Act 1987. This amendment establishes rights to compensation under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 in respect of COVID-19 for employees of educational institutions, including preschools.

The Workers Compensation Amendment (Consequential COVID-19 Matters) Regulation 2020 commenced on 24 July 2020. The Regulation sets out the changes including the specific medical tests and results that apply for confirming that a worker has COVID-19.

The changes mean that workers in prescribed employment who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are automatically presumed to have contracted the disease in the course of their employment (unless the contrary is established). Eligible workers are presumed to be incapable of work until 21 days from the date of injury, or longer if certified by a medical practitioner.

Go to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority webpage for more information.

Please contact the Member Infoline on 1800 991 602 (option 2) if you wish to discuss this further.