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Governor Signs COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation and Employer Notification Bills

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two COVID-19 related employment bills into law, SB 1159 (Hill, Daly) – COVID-19 workers compensation presumption and AB 685 (Reyes) – Employer COVID-19 exposure notification requirements . Both bills are briefly summarized below. SB 1159, which takes...

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Legislation Heads to Governor

On the final night of the legislative session SB 1159 (Hill) related to COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumption passed both houses of the California State Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk and if signed it will become law immediately. SB 1159 was...

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Workers' Compensation Legislation Amended - SB 1159 (Hill)

On August 24, SB 1159 (Hill) related to workers’ compensation presumptions due to COVID-19 was amended into what is believed to be its final form. As amended, SB 1159 has four distinct sections as summarized below: Section 1: Requires the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’...

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AB 5 Independent Contractor Provisions Amended to Benefit Public Agencies

CSDA led efforts to amend the provisions of AB 5 are paying off. Yesterday, coming out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, AB 2257 (Gonzalez) , the bill to make several fixes to last year’s AB 5 related to independent contractors was amended to provide exemptions from the “ABC” test for...

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COVID-19 Workplace Bills Enter Final Weeks of Deliberation

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature have been determined to address the issue of employees becoming ill and the role of employers in providing safe work environments and access to care. As the August 31 legislative deadline to pass bills in...

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COVID-19 Employee Notification Mandate Moving Through State Legislature

Last week, AB 685 (Reyes) related to employee notification of potential COVID-19 exposure, passed out of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee with a commitment from the author to take significant amendments to address some employer concerns. As currently drafted, while...

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As the State Legislature and Congress Wrap Up, What’s at Stake for Special Districts?

With just over a month left in the 2019-2020 California State Legislative Session ending on August 31, 2020 at midnight, many logistical questions about how the Legislature will operate are left unanswered. The Legislature will reconvene on July 27 th to act on hundreds of pending bills, many...