California Looks to Make Workers' Comp Changes Amid COVID-19

The Newsom administration is exploring the possibility of mandating that all employees working outside of the home who contract COVID-19 during the shelter in place order will automatically be covered by workers’ compensation if they test positive within 14 days of being at the workplace. There is concern that the creation of this presumption, without the opportunity to investigate and rebut, would put undue pressure and responsibility on the employer at a time when employers are trying to keep their businesses open and workers employed. In response, APG has signed onto a coalition letter to Governor Newsom requesting that his administration rethink this proposal and the impacts it will have before moving forward.

Read coalition letter here