Category: Workers’ Compensation

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Posted in Workers' Compensation Workplace Safety

Applicants’ Workers’ Comp Claim History Can’t Be Used for Screening

We work in an industry that is at a higher risk for workplace injury. In an effort to keep our workers’ compensation costs lower, can…

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Posted in Workers' Compensation Workplace Policies

Steps to Consider When Employee Telecommutes From Another State

As a result of COVID-19, we’ve had a lot of employees working remotely, but now some of them are planning to move out of state…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Report COVID-19 Positive Test Result to Workers’ Comp Carrier

Do I have to have to file a workers’ compensation claim every time one of my employees tests positive for COVID-19? No. The new law…

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Posted in Workers' Compensation

2021 Temporary Total Disability Rates Announced

An employee whose workers’ compensation claim has been accepted will receive temporary disability benefits when the employee is off work and recovering from the effects…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Comp Coverage Immediately Expanded for COVID-19 Infections

On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1159, which goes into effect immediately, expanding workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19 through the year…

Use this free flow chart to determine whether a presumption of COVID-19 in your worker applies.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claim Presumption Flowchart

In early May, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order extending workers’ compensation benefits to California employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their…

AB 664 and AB 196, however, go beyond a mere presumption and conclusively determine that any exposure or contraction of a communicable disease, is a workplace injury.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Job Killer Bills Dramatically Increase Workers’ Compensation Costs

Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills that will substantially increase workers’ compensation costs by establishing a “conclusive presumption” of workplace injury for contraction of COVID-19…

The DIR has now provided some guidance, in the form of questions and answers, on the implementation of California’s new worker’s compensation executive order.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

New Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Guidance

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…

Governor Newsom’s new executive order providing workers’ compensation benefits for workers who contract COVID-19 during the stay-at-home order is retroactive to March 19, 2020.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Extended for COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20,  extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s…

2020 temporary total disability rates
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Posted in Workers' Compensation

2020 Temporary Total Disability Rates Announced

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that the minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2020: The minimum…