Are You An Essential Worker?

You May Be Entitled to Benefits!

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom, issued Order N-62-20, to ensure that 11 Categories of Essential Workers’ were protected with the benefits of California Workers’ Compensation During the Pandemic.  

Essential Workers’ have been disproportionately affected by the Pandemic.  If you are First Responder, Health Care Worker or other Essential Worker, you may be entitled to benefits if you have been affected by Covid-19.    

Are You an Essential Worker?

In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector is large, diverse, and open, spanning both the public and private sectors. It includes publicly accessible healthcare facilities, research centers, suppliers, manufacturers, and other physical assets and vast, complex public-private information technology systems required for care delivery and to support the rapid, secure transmission and storage of large amounts of HPH data.
The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a community of highly-skilled, trained personnel, along with the physical and cyber resources, that provide a wide range of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response. The ESS includes geographically distributed facilities and equipment in both paid and volunteer capacities organized primarily at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels of government, such as city police departments and fire stations, county sheriff’s offices, Department of Defense police and fire departments, and town public works departments. The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.

The Food and Agricultural (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems and has the capacity to feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a complex web of growers, processors, suppliers, transporters, distributors, and consumers. This sector is critical to maintaining and securing our food supply.

The Energy Sector consists of widely diverse and geographically dispersed critical assets and systems that are often interdependent of one another. This critical infrastructure is divided into three interrelated segments or subsectors—electricity, oil, and natural gas—to include the production, refining, storage, and distribution of oil, gas, and electric power. The Energy Sector supplies fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the Nation. In turn, it depends on the Nation’s transportation, information technology, communications, finance, water, and government infrastructures.

The Water and Wastewater Sector is a complex sector composed of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of varying sizes and ownership types. Multiple governing authorities pertaining to the Water and Wastewater Sector provide for public health, environmental protection, and security measures, among others.

The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key subsectors, or modes: Aviation, Highway and Motor Carrier, Maritime Transportation System, Mass Transit and Passenger Rail, Pipeline Systems, Freight Rail, Postal and Shipping.

The Communications Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society. Communication networks enable people around the world to contact one another, access information instantly, and communicate from remote areas.

Critical government workers, as defined by the employer and consistent with Continuity of Operations Plans and Continuity of Government plans. Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks. The Courts, consistent with guidance released by the California Chief Justice.

The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector: Primary Metals Manufacturing, Machinery Manufacturing, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors.

The Financial Services Sector includes thousands of depository institutions, providers of investment products, insurance companies, other credit and financing organizations, and the providers of the critical financial utilities and services that support these functions.

The Chemical Sector—composed of a complex, global supply chain—converts various raw materials into diverse products that are essential to modern life. Based on the product produced, the sector can be divided into five main segments, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues: Basic chemicals; Specialty chemicals; Agricultural chemicals; Pharmaceuticals; Consumer products.

The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements.

Construction Workers, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, Warehouse operators, Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial systems. 

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What Happens if I Get Infected at Work?

A covered employee who is diagnosed with or tests positive for COVID-19 will qualify for the presumption that the injury occurred in the workplace if the employee satisfies the criteria set forth below:
Step 1
The employee tested positive for or was diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day that the employee performed labor or services at the employee’s place of employment at the employer direction.
Step 2
The day on which the employee performed labor or services at the employee’s place of employment at the employer direction was a day between March 19 and July 5, 2020, inclusive of those days.
Step 3
The employee’s place of employment was not the employee’s home or residence.
Step 4
The Diagnosis Of COVID-19 Was Made By A Physician Who Holds A Physician And Surgeon License Issued By The California Medical Board, And That That Diagnosis Is Subsequently Confirmed By Testing Conducted Within 30 Days Of The Date Of The Diagnosis.
Insurance Adjusters will try to take a statement from you. They are trained professionals trying to get you to say something against your case!
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One important note to remember is that the order does not cover any employee “essential or non-essential” whose “place of employment” during the covered period was their house or residence.

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