Workers’ Comp classifies on-the-job COVID cases as occupational injuries
Senate Bill 1159 (Hill, D-San Mateo) directs the state Workers’ Compensation system to presume that an employee’s COVID-related illness is an occupational injury and therefore the worker eligible for Workers’ Comp benefits if specific criteria are met.
Last year, Veronica Juarez, a peer education coach and
middle-school teacher in San Francisco for more than 20 years,
was living in the city with her mom and two kids. Now, after an
owner move-in eviction, she and her 10-year-old son, Rio, are
living in a couple rooms and limited kitchen access. Her mom
moved back to Mexico, and her daughter, in college at Long Beach,
will stay there.