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    By CalChamber  - May 22, 2020

    In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and workers’ compensation attorney Tiffany Boyland of Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order that created a rebuttable presumption for workers claiming to have contracted COVID-19 in the workplace and seeking workers’ compensation benefits.  Watch Video

    What Is Workers’ Compensation?

    Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides medical and wage benefits to employees who are injured at work.

    For example, Boyland says, if an employee has a stroke at work, falls down and breaks an arm, the stroke might not be covered under workers’ compensation insurance, but the arm fracture would be covered.

    In a workers’ compensation claim, the injured worker is known as the “applicant” and the “defendant” is the employer, Boyland explains.

    Normally, the injured party has to prove the injury arose out of something in the workplace, Frank says, and the employer has 90 days to respond to claims.  Read More