Swine Flu prompts queries about workers' comp

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado's Swine Flu cases have prompted a flurry of calls to insurers about whether infected employees can apply for workers' compensation.

There are also questions about employees who have to travel to areas with high infection rates.

Employers are concerned because workers' compensation premiums are based on the number of claims. One worker with a highly infectious disease could infect an entire office or plant.

Suzi Stolte of Pinnacol Assurance, the state's largest provider of workers' compensation coverage, said employees would have to show they were exposed on the job.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment listed 43 confirmed cases for the state Monday.

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