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May 12th, 2020
California Workers’ Compensation Order Creates Rebuttable Presumption that COVID-19-related Illness Came From Work
As part of his effort to create an “Expanded Workforce Safety Net”, on May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order creating a rebuttable presumption that an employee's COVID-19 related illness arose out of the course of employment and, as a result, is covered by workers’ compensation. In order for this presumption to apply, the employee must test positive for or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day that the employee performed labor or services at the employer’s place of employment at the employer’s direction. This means that employees who are working from home and contract COVID-19 will not be covered by the presumption. Further, employees must be diagnosed by a licensed physician and the diagnosis must be confirmed by further testing within 30 days. The effect of this Executive Order is that once employees exhaust any paid sick leave benefits available in response to COVID-19, they will be eligible for all workers’ compensation benefits, including, “full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits.” This presumption is retroactive to injuries occurring as of March 19, 2020 and will remain in place until July 6, 2020. If you have a question about this executive order, or any other employment law questions, contact Tricia Legittino or any other member of our Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation Group.
Other Employment Law Alerts
New Ruling from the National Labor Relations Board May Require Significant Handbook Revisions
On August 2, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision, Stericycle Inc. and Teamsters Local 628, that creates a new legal standard for how the NLRB will evaluate workplace rules and policies to determine if such rules interfere with employees’ protected rights to engage in concerted workplace activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Read more.
August 8 2023
New York Releases New Changes to its Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Video
On April 11, 2023, the New York State Department of Labor released updated versions of its sexual harassment model policy and training materials. Read more.
April 17 2023
National Labor Relations Board Provides Key Guidance on Severance Agreements
On March 22, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) released a memorandum providing employers of both unionized and private sector workplaces with important guidance about severance agreements that contain broad confidentiality and/or non-disparagement provisions (the "Memo"). Read more.
March 30 2023