Employee Rights

While the general public shelters in place, our first responders face a mounting risk of exposure to COVID-19. This public health crisis is transforming into an ever-expanding first responder crisis as peace officers, firefighters and medical personnel contract the virus as they perform their essential services. Given these facts, the logical question is: What will happen to our first responders if — and when — they contract COVID-19? So far there has been inadequate formal guidance from the state of California as to whether any workers’ compensation presumptions would apply to our first responders in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 infection. To learn more about this issue, read the following article from LAAPOA’s general counsel, Mastagni Holstedt:
Understanding Workers’ Compensation in Uncertain Times

The following resources outline the federal precautions, benefits and rights available to workers regarding the coronavirus: