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* Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Robert C. Chambers, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. A.B. Georgetown University (2016); J.D. Georgetown University Law Center (2019). Many thanks to the editors of the West Virginia Law Review who have worked so diligently to prepare this Article for publication. The coronavirus pandemic is constantly evolving, and any information contained here is likely to be outdated the moment that this Article is published. For up-to-date information on the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) maintains an active record of information related to the novel coronavirus on its website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. As is likely self-evident, all opinions contained in this Article are mine alone.
On December 31, 2019, health authorities in Wuhan, China, confirmed that an unidentified pathogen was the likely cause of twenty-seven recent cases of pneumonia identified across the region.Just a week later, internal and external pressures forced Chinese authorities to announce the discovery of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan.Despite efforts at containment, the virus jumped from Wuhan to countries across the globe in the following months.By January 21, 2020, the United States had confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus in Washington state.The virus spread rapidly across the continent, resulting in thousands of infections and hundreds of fatalities before the end of March. Federal, state, and local governments responded with varying degrees of efficiency and efficacy, generally stressing the value of “social distancing” in slowing the spread of the disease to afford hospitals precious time to respond to new cases. Private and public institutions largely shuttered, with universities sending students home to their parents and restaurants switching to takeout-only models. Medium-to-large gatherings of any sort were discouraged or banned,and some grocery store shelves were left empty.
The history of the ideas and practices underlying workers’
compensation laws is varied. While many commentators attribute their origins to
Prussian Germany in the latter half of the 1800s, others have found early
models of scheduled payments for loss of body parts under Hammurabi’s Code,
which provided a set of rewards for injuries and their permanent impairments. Regardless of when (or
where) they began, workers’ compensation laws often have a unifying feature: in
exchange for compensating an employee for work-related injuries without
examination of fault, the employer is entitled to immunity from being sued under
common law. This quid pro quo
concept has a significant role in employment discrimination cases.
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