COVID-19 Legal Update: California

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission



How does the state define an occupational disease?

CA LC Section 6409(b); Occupational illness means any abnormal condition or disorder caused by exposure to environmental factors associated with employment, including acute and chronic illnesses or diseases which may be caused by inhalation, absorption, ingestion, or direct contact.


COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

WCAB Issues Order Suspending Specific Rules
    March 18, 2020

DWC Guidance on Med Evals
     March 19, 2020

DWC Issues Emergency Measures for Medical-Legal Evaluations during the Stay-at-home Order
     March 28, 2020

DWC and WCAB Announce Updated Hearing and Filing Procedures
     April 3, 2020

Insurance Commissioner's Alert About Immigrant Workers' Eligibility for Work Comp Benefits for COVID-19 Exposure or Illness
     April 6, 2020

Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Companies to Refund Premiums to Drivers & Businesses Affected by COVID-19
     April 13, 2020

Commissioner Lara Requires Insurance Companies to Fairly Investigate Business Interruption Claims
     April 14, 2020

DWC and WCAB Expand Hearing Schedule at the District Offices
     April 28, 2020

Executive Order - Creates Rebuttable Presumption for Workers Diagnosed with COVID-19
     May 6, 2020

Commissioner Lara Issues Order Resulting in Workers' Compensation Premium Savings to Businesses Affected by COVID-19
     June 17, 2020

Commissioner Lara Issues Order Resulting in Auto Premium Savings Those Affected by COVID-19
     June 25, 2020

Enacted Legislation Creating a COVID-19 Workers' Compensation Presumption and New Reporting Requirements for Employers
     Sept. 17, 2020

Enacted Legislation Creating new Employer Obligations under Cal/OSHA
     Sept. 17, 2020

DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule to Adopt Medicare Updated Telehealth List to Address the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
     Oct 20, 2020

Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19
     Dec 1, 2020


Court Closures & Modified Call

Modified Hearing Calendar


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open with Updated Hearing Procedures - open for essential services only; various other items via CourtCall only.


Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?

Yes - starting 3/20/20 until further notice; phased re-opening began 5/8/20.





Last Updated: 2/1/2021