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California COVID Presumptions Expired on January 1, 2024

Original publish date: January 9, 2024

California State Bill 1159 COVID-19 presumptions expired on January 1, 2024. A breakdown of what this means for your organization is provided below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected].

What’s changing?

How will this impact the handling of COVID-19 claims?

COVID-19 claims will be handled in the same manner as all other workers’ compensation claims, following the rules and regulations of California.

What does this mean for the employers?

The expiration of the statutes ends mandatory employer reporting of all positive COVID-19 tests for injuries that occur after January 1, 2024. However, employers still need to report any claims where the employee alleges that they contracted COVID-19 at work. Employers are still encouraged to maintain measures to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Will investigations change?

As with any claim, a thorough investigation should still be completed for COVID-19 claims to make an appropriate compensability decision. The information gathering techniques used during the SB 1159 period are still applicable.


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