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

December 17, 2020

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.