SB 1159 made a number of changes relating to COVID-19 presumptions for workers’ compensation and also adds reporting requirements for employers.
In short, the bill puts the burden on the employer and workers’ compensation, if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The presumption that the illness was contracted at work is rebuttable. The bill also establishes new reporting requirements. When an employer with five or more employees “knows or reasonably should know” that an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the employer must inform their workers’ compensation carrier within three business days.
Attached is a full summary of the bill from Kahn, Soares & Conway. Please review this important information.