California's assumption that covid-19 is eligible for workers' compensation under certain circumstances would be extended by two years in accordance with a bill submitted on Tuesday.
A.B. 1751 would extend to January 1, 2025, the covid-19 presumption planned to decline in early 2023.
Gov. Gavin Newsom in September 2020 signed S.B. 1159, which identified several conditions under which it would be assumed that a worker incurred covid-19 through employment. The presumption automatically expires on January 1, 2023.
The presumption for firefighters, peace officers and medical personnel is triggered by someone testing positive within 14 days of going to work.
Other workers must test positive within 14 days after going to a workplace that experiencing an outbreak to trigger the presumption. The 2020 bill defined an outbreak to mean that at least 4% of workers – or at least four people in a company with 100 or fewer employees – tested positive.
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