COVID-19 Legal Update: California
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 and WCAB Expand Hearing Schedule at the District Offices
April 28, 2020
Court Closures & Modified Call
Is the administrative court system closed or open?
Open but with Limited and Expanding Hearing Schedule - expedited hearings in district offices or video conference; 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.
ANY STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COVID-19?
Last Updated: 9/21/2020