California Governor Signs SB1159 into Law Protecting Workers from Covid

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California Gov Signs SB1159 Into Law

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California SB1159 Signed into Law

On September 17th, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation aimed at protecting workers amid the Covid
pandemic. Senate Bill 1159 was written to help California workers remain in the workplace while at the same time ensuring
they have the supports they need including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits, should they be exposed to an

Rebuttable Presumption for Frontline Workers

SB 1159  expands access to workers’ compensation by creating a rebuttable presumption for front line workers — health care
workers, firefighters and peace officers. This makes access to workers compensation protection less cumbersome for workers
who most likely became infected at work.

Requirements of the law pertaining to employer reporting take immediate effect.

Find Out More About the Law

Just one week prior to the signing, Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, and Gordon,
Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik, outlined and discussed the impending legislation in-depth
focusing on the five primary sections that make up the law. Although recorded in advance of the Governor signing, everything
discussed in the video is now law and employer reporting requirements discussed in the webinar are now in effect.

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