A new Reuters report found that employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. However, some remedies could be available if such workers subsequently give birth to babies suffering from microcephaly, a birth defect linked to the virus. Since Zika was detected in Brazil last year, the mosquito-borne virus has spread to 33 countries, most of them in the Americas. Attorneys with several employment law firms speaking to Reuters explained that workers’ comp would almost certainly cover workers who contract Zika during business travel, but that the status of an impaired child is an open question.
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