CALIFORNIA SB 1159 ENACTMENT
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1159 into law on September 17, 2020, creating a rebuttable presumption of compensability and awarding workers’ compensation benefits to workers who contract COVID-19. Due to the bill being urgency legislation, it becomes effective immediately and requires action by most employers and claims administrators immediately. SB 1159 sunsets on January 1, 2023, unless Legislature acts before that time.
Risico’s Executive, Compliance, Claims and Insurance Services teams have developed resources (available below for download) directed at customers and partners in the Self-Insured, Public Sector, and Agriculture business communities. The resources include summaries of SB 1159’s key elements relevant to each business vertical and a downloadable COVID-19 Reporting Form (available as part of this post) for its customers to utilize pursuant to new Labor Code § 3212.86, § 3212.87, and § 3212.88.
We are committed to supporting our customers and the workers’ compensation community at large as employers and claims administrators begin to enact the new requirements of SB 1159.
COVID-19 Reporting Form – September 23, 2020