INFO ALERT – Gov. Newsom Expands Workers
Compensation in Executive Order
This afternoon, Governor Newsom signed an executive order expanding workers compensation benefits to all employees who contracted COVID-19 while working outside their home.
The order places a temporary “rebuttable presumption” on any worker who tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of preforming labor at a place of work. This means the law assumes that the worker contracted COVID-19 while on the job – and it is up to the employer under strict guidelines to prove otherwise.
The new law begins retroactively on March 19 and ends 60 days after the date this order was issued (May 6).
In the Governors press conference today, he rightly mentioned the difficulties and dangers many of our workers are facing during this time. However, he did not mention the economic hardship businesses are also facing or the financial challenges this order could bring.
This is one of two executive orders the Governor signed today.
The other order waived tax penalties for residents and businesses who missed the April 10 deadline and can prove economic hardship. Residential properties will have their fee waived for a year, until May 2021, while businesses have only until the end of this month, May 31.
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