COVID-19 Impacts on Workers’ Compensation

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many employers have been wondering about their potential liability if employees contract COVID-19 in the workplace. On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom directly addressed this question by issuing Executive Order N-62-20. 

The Executive Order creates a rebuttable presumption that an employee’s COVID-19-related illness arises out of and in the course of the employee’s employment, thereby triggering the application of workers’ compensation coverage, if certain requirements are satisfied. This webinar will outline the Executive Order and what it means for California employers focusing on the following key questions:

  • Why is this rebuttable presumption important, and how does it change existing standards for workers’ compensation coverage?
  • When will the rebuttable presumption apply?
  • How can employers rebut the presumption?

Presenter: Liz Stallard, Downey Brand LLP