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Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20 extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s stay-at-home order. The order is retroactive to March 19, 2020, and extends through July 5, 2020.

As California’s gradual reopening begins to enter Phase 2, the executive order extends workers’ compensation benefits by creating a “rebuttable presumption” that workers, who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a physician within 14 days after performing labor or services at their place of employment, contracted COVID-19 in the scope of employment. In other words, if the order conditions are met, it is automatically presumed that the employee contracted COVID-19 during employment, making them eligible for the full range of workers’ compensation benefits, including full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity and death benefits.

 

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