California will make workers compensation benefits available to frontline essential workers who contracted COVID-19, Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomThe US should follow Sweden’s approach to combating COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump touts reopening as virus fatality forecasts trigger alarm California will begin to reopen some businesses Friday MORE (D) said Wednesday.
Newsom signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption to allow people who had to work outside of their homes during the statewide stay-at-home order and contracted the coronavirus access the compensation benefits.
“We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services to our fellow Californians, so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery,” Newsom said in a statement.
“Workers’ compensation is a critical piece to reopening the state and it will help workers get the care they need to get healthy, and in turn, protect public health,” the governor added.
Workers can access the benefits if they tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing a labor or service at a place of work after the stay-at-home order was issued on march 19.
Newsom’s order will stay in place for 60 days.