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GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S EXECUTIVE ORDER SB-1159 CREATES COVID-19 PRESUMPTIONS FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Original publish date: October 1, 2020

CALIFORNIA SB1159 COVID-19 Presumptions

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB1159 into law, establishing three new Labor Code sections creating COVID-19 presumptions for workers’ compensation claims. These presumptions will remain in effect until January 1, 2023.

Labor Code §3212.88 Reporting Requirements

Labor Code §3212.88 now requires employers with five (5) or more employees to report specific information to their Worker’s Compensation Carrier to determine if an outbreak has occurred at the job site. There are two different reporting requirements and specific time obligations to report the information to Cast & Crew, CAPS, or Media Services which are outlined below.

  1. When production knows or reasonably should have known that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on or after September 17, 2020, the employer must report the positive test within three business days. This information must be reported in writing with the following information:   
  1. There is also a retroactive reporting requirement for employers to report any employees who tested positive on or after July 6, 2020 through September 17, 2020. This information must be reported to Cast & Crew / CAPS / Media Services on or before October 17, 2020. The Information required to be reported is specified below.

Please contact Cast & Crew, CAPS or Media Services for assistance with any non-reported COVID exposures as outlined above.    We can be reached by phone or email: 

Cast & Crew Customers:   workcomp@castandcrew.com

CAPS Customers:   workerscomp@capspayroll.com

Media Services Customers:   wcdept@mediaservices.com

Risk Management Department: 818 738 9351


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