2020 COVID-19 Legislation that Impacts Small Businesses


Worker's Compensation (SB 1159): SB 1159 creates a rebuttable presumption that an employee contracted COVID-19 at work if the employee tests positive or is diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after working at the employer's place of employment. This law went into effect on Sept. 17, 2020, and expires Jan. 1, 2023.

CAL/OSHA Expanded Enforcement (AB 685): This bill expands Cal/OSHA's authority to issue Orders Prohibiting Use relating to COVID-19 hazards. Accordingly, Cal/OSHA can shut down a worksite if the worksite exposes employees to a COVID-19 related imminent hazard. It also creates new notice and reporting requirements to employees and subcontractor employers that must be met within one business day of potential COVID-19 exposure. Certain employers must also notify local public health agencies of all workplace COVID-19 outbreaks.

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