Gov. Newsom Expands Worker's Compensation with Executive Order, SCAG Extends Comment Period on Regional Transportation Plan
IRWINDALE - In an eventful week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order establishing a rebuttable presumption that any COVID-19 related illness of an employee who worked outside the home, not just those who are essential workers, was the result of employment for workers’ compensation purposes if certain requirements are met. The presumption dates back to March 19, 2020 and will continue for 60 days from the date of the order (May 6, 2020).
"The concern with this order is that it covers any employee working outside the home," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "As the economy begins to open up, more workers will be working outside the home, thereby increasing the number of employees to whom this order applies. A reopened economy also increases the likelihood of contracting the virus in the community, not at work. This could cost California employers - who are not in great shape right now - billions."
Recently, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau released a study which found the annual cost of COVID-19 claims on Essential Critical Infrastructure (ECI) workers under a conclusive presumption ranges from $2.2 billion to $33.6 billion with an approximate mid-range estimate of $11.2 billion, or 61% of the annual estimated cost of the total workers’ compensation system before the impact of the pandemic.
SCAG Extends Comment Period and Postpones Final Vote on 2020 Regional Transportation Plan (Connect SoCal)
In a significant win for the business community, the Southern California Association of Governments has agreed to extend the comment period and postpone the final vote on the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan for 120 days. The Partnership, along with many of our partners in the business community, testified yesterday at the SCAG Regional Council meeting in support of the extension.
The Regional Transportation Plan is a key document that tries to integrate land use policy, housing goals, and transportation planning across Southern California. Extending the comment period allows for greater analysis and input from the businesses community on what is a very long, complicated document. This is a solid win for the public and the business community to be able to provide substantive feedback on a critical policy plan.