COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation: How SB 1159 and AB 685 Affects Your Workforce



COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation: How SB 1159 and AB 685 Affects Your Workforce

December 16, 2020
12:00 PM

Governor Newsom's recently passed SB 1159 and AB 685 have created new notice and reporting requirements related to COVID-19 workplace exposures. This webinar features attorneys Michael Sullivan and Eric De Wames, from the renowned workers’ compensation and employment law defense firm of Michael Sullivan & Associates, as they help answer the most frequently asked questions regarding compliance with SB 1159 and AB 685.

Covered in this recorded webinar:

  • How SB 1159 impacts emergency responders, healthcare workers, and school district employees including students in a clinical program and campus police.
  • When employers should provide a DWC-1 Claim Form to COVID-19 positive employees.
  • The different requirements of reporting a COVID-19 positive test between SB 1159 and AB 685.
  • New requirements, effective January 1, 2021, including employee notification of COVID-19 workplace exposures, reporting to local departments of health and Cal/OSHA reporting and recording requirements.
  • Finally, we address whether California has jurisdiction when employees work temporarily, or permanently, outside California and what employers should consider to ensure they have workers’ compensation coverage.

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Meet Our Panelists

Michael Sullivan
General Managing Partner
Michael Sullivan & Associates

Mr. Sullivan formed Michael Sullivan & Associates in 1996 as an aggressive workers’ compensation defense firm. It has grown rapidly throughout the entire state of California. Mr. Sullivan is a bar-certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Eric De Wames
Managing Partner
Michael Sullivan & Associates

Mr. De Wames is responsible for the Michael Sullivan & Associates' employment law practice. He represents businesses in a wide range of employment and labor law matters, including wage-and-hour issues, and cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and class actions.