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Workers' Compensation For COVID-19

Concerning the creation of presumptions related to an essential worker who contracts COVID-19 for purposes related to workers' compensation.
2020 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The bill provides that, for purposes of the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", if an essential worker who works outside of the home contracts COVID-19, the contraction is:

  • Presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment; and
  • A compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease.

An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19 if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19 listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. R. Rodriguez
Rep. K. Mullica


Sen. J. Danielson, Sen. J. Gonzales, Sen. B. Pettersen


The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details