Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Establishing A Rebuttable Presumption That COVID-19 Is Work Related For Essential Employees

Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order establishing a rebuttable presumption that COVID 19 is work related for California employees working outside their homes, which will mean those workers are eligible for workers compensation benefits if they test positive for the virus.  The order will be retroactive to March 19 and cover new cases reported within the next 60 days. If you have notified Cavignac & Associates of a coronavirus- positive employee since March 19th, we will be in touch with you to file a workers compensation claim. If new positive cases are identified among your firm’s employees in the next 60 days, please contact us so that we can assist you in responding.

The WCIRB has also made a special regulatory filing which, if approved by the California Insurance Commissioner, will make a number of changes to the experience rating plan and unit statistical reporting plan. One of those changes would be to remove workers compensation claims for COVID-19 from the experience modification rating. We are monitoring for the Insurance Commissioner’s decision on this filing and will update clients via email once that decision has been made.

You can read the press release from the Governor’s office and the Executive Order here, and find it on our website as well.