Category Archives: COVID-19

COVID-19 AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: AN OVERVIEW OF CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSED EMERGENCY TELEMEDICINE REGULATIONS

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is affecting communities across the country. In order to slow the transmission of the respiratory disease, the California Department of Public Health recommends social distancing. Public officials instructed everyone in the state to stay home except for essential needs. In an effort to facilitate social distancing, the Division of Workers’ Compensation […]

NEWSOM’S EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING COVID-19 PRESUMPTION FOR EMPLOYEES SUMMARIZED

By Michael J. Brady On May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order creating a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a compensable occupational disease for employees who contract the illness and have a positive test within 14 days of performing work at their place of employment. In effect, the Order shifts […]

IS AN EMPLOYEE ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS IF AN EMPLOYEE IS INJURED WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?

By Melissa Noble Many employees have been quick to demand that their employer allow them to work from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The unfortunate news for employees, however, is there are no Federal or California laws requiring an employer to allow an employee to work from home. The right to work from […]