SB 1159

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 20, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 26, 2020
  • Assembly
  • Governor

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. 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, 2024, and July 1, 2024, for employees generally, and until July 1, 2024, for certain peace officers, firefighters, and health care workers, among others. 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. 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 rather than 90 days. Until July 1, 2024, 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.

Bill Sponsors (2)

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Actions


Aug 03, 2020

Assembly

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

  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • 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.) 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.) (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
  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
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.

  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • 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.

  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • 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
SB1159 HTML
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

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