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Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills dealing with COVID-19: SB1159 and AB685

Governor Newsom Signs Two Bills dealing with COVID-19: SB1159 and AB685

Following the Executive Order of May 6, 2020 allowing any COVID-19 related illness of an employee to be presumed industrially compensable, on September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom approved two bills that specifically address the COVID-19 crisis. This post provides details of each law and our thoughts.

Update to WCAB Procedures, Effective September 14, 2020

Update to WCAB Procedures, Effective September 14, 2020

Here are the latest updates from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Starting September 14, 2020, the WCAB will resume holding Lien Trials, which have been postponed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Lien Trials will be limited to just one per judge per day.