Workers Compensation & COVID-19

As an association we strive to keep you up-to-date on relevant information for your business. Please review the information below from Shaun Kelly of CALSAGA Preferred Broker Tolman & Wiker regarding workers compensation benefits and
COVID-19.

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Great news!

On May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order announcing that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be able to receive workers compensation benefits. The order made a time-limited rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 worker illnesses are work-related. This created a concern that these claims would be included in the computation of an individual employer’s workers compensation experience modification by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB).

In response to the Executive Order, on April 17, 2020 the WCIRB voted to propose amendments to the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan with regards to  COVID-19 claims.  One of these amendments was to exclude COVID-19 claims reported to the bureau (WCIRB) for calculating Experience Modifications.  The vote was unanimous and a proposal was made to the Department of Insurance.

On June 15, 2020 the Department of Insurance decided that COVID-19 claims will be excluded from the computation of an employer’s workers compensation experience modification.  This is great news and brings some relief to those dealing with employees who have been exposed to the virus. Take a look at the lightning link pokies real money

If you have any questions, please give us a call.

Shaun KellySr. VP, Risk Advisor
Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services
(661) 616-4712

Read the Decision and Order

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