The California Senate has enacted legislation to require critical workers who join COVID-19 to exhaust pandemic-specific paid sick leave or compensate absenteeism before receiving temporary disability benefits.
S.B. 1159, introduced by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill, passed Friday in a 28-11 vote. The legislation would provide complete hospital, surgical, medical, disability and reimbursement benefits to key workers believed to have contracted COVID-19 at work. To be qualified, a worker must have received a positive diagnosis with COVID-19 and worked at their employer's workplace or in the direction of the employer outside their homes within 14 days of diagnosis.
However, employees are required to take sick leave benefits specifically available for pandemics or benefit payments ̵
The bill also states that if the responsibility for a COVID-19 related claim is not denied within 30 days of the application, it will be presumed to be compensatory.
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