In their Daily Journal article, Ted Penny and Yvette Davis explore how SB 1159 affects the COVID-19 presumption of compensability.
Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1159 on September 17, 2020. The bill extends the presumption of industrial injury to certain employees who fulfill the criteria originally set out in his executive order. The bill limits the availability of the presumption of certain occupations, sunsets it for workers who are not specified in the bill, creates a new category of workers who may qualify for the presumption based on an outbreak of disease, and imposes new reporting obligations on employers who face significant civil penalties for willful failure to meet those obligations.
Read all about it in their September 18, 2020 Daily Journal article.