COVID-19's Impacts on California's Workers' Compensation System: Evaluating the Effects of Senate Bill 1159   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and deaths in California mounting in 2020, state policymakers were forced to adopt extraordinary policies to cope with the most severe global pandemic in more than 100 years. One of those policies, Senate Bill (SB) 1159, facilitated access to workers' compensation (WC) benefits for select groups of workers with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure. [...] To provide an early evaluation of SB 1159's impacts, California's Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) asked the RAND Corporation to conduct a study addressing a breadth of questions about how COVID-19 claims have affected California's WC system. In the resulting report, COVID-19 in the California Workers' Compensation System: A Study of COVID-19 Claims and Presumptions Under Senate Bill 1159, RAND researchers brought to light several challenges that the WC system experienced during the early part of the pandemic (2020 through mid-2021). For employers, these challenges primarily related to handling a large, fluctuating volume of claims within shortened time frames for claims investigations. For workers, confusion around filing a COVID-19 claim presented challenges, including questions about what occupations were covered and qualified for WC under the presumption and what specific documentation (such as a positive COVID-19 test) was needed."

2022 State of California Department of Industrial Relations
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