Workers’ compensation changes will affect your organization. Learn about the new laws.
New laws provide increased COVID-19 protections for employees in California:
- SB 1159, ratified on September 17, solidified the presumption that an employee’s illness related to COVID-19 is an occupational injury and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if certain criteria are met.
- AB 685, effective January 1, 2021, will amend the Labor Code to require California employers to comply with stricter occupational health and safety rules. It gives Cal/OSHA broadened enforcement powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
You need to understand the new requirements enacted as an emergency response to the pandemic. Now, all California employers must operate wisely in a safety-focused environment to reduce liability and ensure compliance.
- What is the purpose of Workers’ Compensation?
- Which employers are covered?
- Which two presumptions of eligibility are rebuttable?
- What are the requirements for a COVID-19 diagnosis?
- What are the employer reporting requirements and penalties?
- Who qualifies for temporary disability?
- How have employee Workers’ Compensation benefits changed?
- What death benefits are now available?
- What is the timeline for Workers’ Compensation claims?
- How do SB 1159 and AB 685 affect your organization?
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