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  • New Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Guidance

    By James W. Ward

    The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page clarifying certain aspects of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which extends workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside their homes. The order created a rebuttable presumption that workers meeting certain criteria who contract COVID-19 did so during employment, meaning the law automatically presumes workers’ compensation covers their claims and shifts the burden to employers who may present evidence to rebut the presumption.

    The order prompted a lot of questions about its scope, criteria and implementation, some of which the DIR answers in its guidance.

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