SB 1159

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 20, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 26, 2020
  • Passed Assembly Aug 31, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Sep 17, 2020

Workers' compensation: COVID-19: critical workers.

Abstract

Existing law establishes a workers' compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, to compensate an employee, as defined, for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law creates a disputable presumption that specified injuries sustained in the course of employment of a specified member of law enforcement or a specified first responder arose out of and in the course of the employment. Existing law governs the procedures for filing a claim for workers' compensation, including filing a claim form, and provides that an injury is presumed compensable if liability is not rejected within 90 days after the claim form is filed, as specified. Existing case law provides for how certain presumptions may be rebutted. This bill would define "injury" for an employee to include illness or death resulting from the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under specified circumstances, until January 1, 2023. The bill would create a disputable presumption, as specified, that the injury arose out of and in the course of the employment and is compensable, for specified dates of injury. The bill would limit the applicability of the presumption under certain circumstances. The bill would require an employee to exhaust their paid sick leave benefits and meet specified certification requirements before receiving any temporary disability benefits or, for police officers, firefighters, and other specified employees, a leave of absence. The bill would also make a claim relating to a COVID-19 illness presumptively compensable, as described above, after 30 days or 45 days, rather than 90 days. Until January 1, 2023, the bill would allow for a presumption of injury for all employees whose fellow employees at their place of employment experience specified levels of positive testing, and whose employer has 5 or more employees. This bill would require the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation to conduct a study of the impacts of COVID-19 and the specific presumptions created by this bill and report its findings to the Legislature and the Governor, as specified. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (2)

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Sep 17, 2020

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 85, Statutes of 2020.

Sep 08, 2020

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.

Aug 31, 2020

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 69(d) suspended.

Assembly

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 69. Noes 4.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 30. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Senate

Urgency clause adopted.

Aug 30, 2020

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Joint Rule 61(b)(17) suspended. (Ayes 54. Noes 14.)

Aug 25, 2020

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Aug 24, 2020

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 20, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 14. Noes 4.) (August 20).

Aug 18, 2020

Assembly

August 18 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Aug 12, 2020

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Aug 11, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 1.) (August 11).

Aug 03, 2020

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on INS.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on INS.

Jul 27, 2020

Assembly

July 29 hearing postponed by committee.

Jun 29, 2020

Assembly

Referred to Com. on INS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on INS.

Jun 26, 2020

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 28. Noes 11. Page 3874.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Jun 22, 2020

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 18, 2020

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3769.) (June 18).

Jun 11, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 18.

Jun 09, 2020

Senate

June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Jun 03, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 9.

Jun 02, 2020

Senate

Hearing rescheduled due to Capitol closure.

May 26, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 1.

May 18, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 3. Noes 1.) (May 14). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 11, 2020

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L., P.E. & R.

May 08, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing May 14 in L., P.E. & R. pending receipt.

Apr 22, 2020

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Apr 01, 2020

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Mar 05, 2020

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 21, 2020

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 22.

Feb 20, 2020

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
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02/20/20 - Introduced PDF
04/01/20 - Amended Senate PDF
04/22/20 - Amended Senate PDF
06/18/20 - Amended Senate PDF
08/03/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/12/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/25/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/30/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/04/20 - Enrolled PDF
09/17/20 - Chaptered PDF

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