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California to give workers comp to all essential employees infected with coronavirus

California to give workers comp to all essential employees infected with coronavirus
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California will make workers compensation benefits available to frontline essential workers who contracted COVID-19, Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia plans to review coronavirus vaccine independently OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires MORE (D) said Wednesday. 

Newsom signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption to allow people who had to work outside of their homes during the statewide stay-at-home order and contracted the coronavirus access the compensation benefits. 

“We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services to our fellow Californians, so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery,” Newsom said in a statement.

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“Workers’ compensation is a critical piece to reopening the state and it will help workers get the care they need to get healthy, and in turn, protect public health,” the governor added. 

Workers can access the benefits if they tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing a labor or service at a place of work after the stay-at-home order was issued on march 19. 

Newsom’s order will stay in place for 60 days.