In a huge win for nurses, doctors and first responders, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state will assume that any worker who contracts COVID-19 got it on the job.
Firefighters and health care unions have been working furiously behind the scenes to convince Gov. Newsom to put the burden of proof on employers, not workers, when it comes to workers' compensation for COVID-19.
Now, he’s doing just that.
The governor has signed an executive order giving coronavirus-positive Californians the benefit of the doubt.
"If you’ve tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a physician, you are eligible for this workers' comp benefit," Gov. Newsom said. "It can only be rebutted by your employer, but under strict criteria."
Even though deaths in the state spiked to 95 total in the previous 24 hours, the governor is moving forward with plans to let some retail stores open for curbside service this Friday.
"We begin to move into phase two with our eyes wide open (and) with the data front and center," Gov. Newsom said.
Among other announcements, Gov. Newsom unveiled a new portal on the state’s COVID-19 website for anyone to find a way to get teste. He also announced that if you have missed the April 10 property tax deadline, that 10% penalty will be waived, as long as you pay by May 2021.