California SB1159 – FAQs


COVID-19 Presumption FAQs The enactment of SB 1159 has raised a lot of questions. Our friends at Sullivan On Comp has compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions in 
this section. The DIR also provides answers to frequently asked questions relating to SB 1159 on its website. What evidence may be used to rebut the COVID-19 presumptions? All three presumptions may be rebutted by any evidence. The outbreak presumption in Labor Code § 3212.88 adds language 
that such evidence “includes, but is not limited to, evidence in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the employee’s 
place of employment and evidence of an employee’s non occupational risk of COVID-19 infection. ” This extra language appears
 to be a matter of guidance but does not limit the scope of available discovery. Does the codification of the governor’s order mean that it is no longer subject to constitutional challenge? Yes, it seems so. There was some question as to the constitutionality... READ MORE >

CPDM Scholarship Awarded for Fall 2020


CPDM Scholarship Awarded IEA has announced the successful winner of the Fall 2020 scholarship for CPDM.  Our congratulations go to Deandra Ross a benefit specialist at Dimensional Fund Advisors. “There is a huge value to my current and future careers as a absence management professional by obtaining this designation.” Deandra Ross, September 2020 Having worked as the leaves administrator within several top financial firms and tech companies in the world and with 3rd party administrators, Deandra’s goal is to strengthen her knowledge so that she can be a better partner to internal clients (HR Business Partners,Executive management and employees) and to her company’s 3rd party administrator.  Deandra currently manages a variety of leave such as FMLA, Short and Long term disability, accommodations. On October 1st, 2020, IEA will welcome Deandra into the first course in the CPDM series, CPDM1 – Essentials in Absence and Disability Management. Congratulations Deandra! We are... READ MORE >

California Gov Signs SB1159 Into Law


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 outbreak 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... READ MORE >

IEA Announces CPDM Scholarship


IEA Announces CPDM Scholarship Thinking of earning your CPDM designation? Concerned about financing your tuition? Consider applying for IEA’s Fall 2020 CPDM scholarship.  IEA offers funding equal to tuition for one class ($599) for eligible candidates. What Does “Eligible Candidate” mean?
  • Candidate is currently – or within the past 12 months – employed within the field of Absence Management
  • Candidate is not eligible for tuition reimbursement from an employer
  • Candidate has not received this scholarship in the past
  • What Does The Scholarship Cover? The CPDM Scholarship covers the cost of tuition for ONE CPDM course for a single semester.  The value of the scholarship is $599. Funding does not extend to required materials which must be purchased separately by the candidate. About the CPDM Designation The CPDM designation is the nation’s foremost professional development program for disability management. Created by industry experts.  The curriculum is uniquely designed... READ MORE >