Nursing & Healthcare News
COVID-19 and Workers Comp in California
S.B.1159 defines illness or death from the coronavirus as a workplace injury for nurses
Nurses have been putting their lives on the line fighting the pandemic. A new state law makes healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 at work eligible for expedited workers’ compensation benefits.
Sick at Work
If you’re a healthcare worker or first responder during a pandemic, is contracting the disease a work-related injury? When it comes to the current pandemic, California law now says it is. S.B.1159, which Gov. Newsom signed into law on September 17, 2020, Podefines illness or death due to COVID-19 as a workplace injury for certain workers, including registered nurses.
Under the new law, if an RN or other healthcare worker involved in direct patient care is diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of a day on which they worked, the illness is now presumed to be a workplace injury.