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Are employees who are exposed to COVID-19 eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits?

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Yes. The California Department of Labor has indicated that an employee may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation If they are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work. Workers’ Compensation law would allow an employee access to medical treatment as well as wage replacementOn May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 to clarify the avaibility of workers' compensation benefits for COVID-19 related illness.  The Order also created a rebuttable presumption that the illness arose in the course of the employment for purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits.  The presumption will remain in effect through July 5, 2020.  For the presumption to apply, all of the following conditions must be present:

  • The employee tested positive for or was diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day that the employee performed labor or services at the employee’s place of employment at the employers direction;
  • The day of employment was on or after March 19, 2020;
  • The employee’s place of employment was not the employee’s home or residence; and
  • The diagnosis of COVID-19 was done by a physician who holds a physician and surgeon license issued by the California Medical Board and that diagnosis is confirmed by further testing within 30 days of the date of the diagnosis.

For more information about COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation, visit the California Division of Workers Compensation.

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