On June 15th, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) released their most up-to-date information to their policyholders. If you are a policyholder, the following information pertains to you and your business regarding COVID-19.
"On April 20, we announced that we would cover claims with a COVID-19 diagnosis for workers considered “essential” under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20—regardless of whether or not that worker contracted the virus during the course of employment—subject to a confirmed positive test and active policy.
On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20, with which his office created a “rebuttable presumption” of workplace illness for a COVID-19 diagnosis for employees directed to work out of the home between the time Executive Order N-33-20 was issued and for 60 days after May 6.
Because of our earlier action, very little has changed for you as a policyholder due to the Governor’s order. We will provide full workers’ compensation benefits for any employee with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, regardless of how or where they contracted the virus. Since the execution of N-62-20, we have expanded our protocols to include the rebuttable presumption component and the timelines it lays out.
Here are some additional actions we’ve taken to help support our policyholders during this time of crisis:
- We’ve created a dedicated team to handle all COVID-19 claims.
- We’re working closely with our medical provider network (MPN) to ensure timely testing and high-quality care.
- COVID-19 claims will not affect your experience modification.
If your employee receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and/or a positive test, and believes they contracted it at work, please report the claim to us right away.