Governor Gavin Newsom announces extended benefits for frontline workers

Posted at 1:06 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 16:06:12-04

In his latest coronavirus update, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he had signed an executive order extending worker's compensation coverage to all frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19.

In his briefing, Newsom said that worker's compensation coverage would be made retroactive to March 19th for all those frontline workers that test positive for the coronavirus and will extend 60 days from today (May 6th). Workers covered under the plan include healthcare workers, first-responders, as well as janitors, warehouse and farmworkers.

The benefits would cover costs not provided through existing federal programs providing COVID-19 sick leave.

In addition, Newsom also announced that he was extending the penalty waiver for fees and fines associated with the 10% tax code penalty. The waiver would be extended through next May for residents.