Gloria Moves to Bolster Protections for First Responders, Healthcare Workers Who Get COVID-19

Friday, May 8, 2020

Gloria Co-Authors Bill Streamlining Workers Comp Access for Public Safety, Healthcare Workers Who Contract COVID-19

SAN DIEGO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is pushing for more workplace protections for first responders and healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Assemblymember Gloria announced his co-authorship of Assembly Bill 664 (AB 664), which would ensure firefighters, peace officers, healthcare employees, and other emergency management personnel can receive worker’s compensation benefits should they become infected with COVID-19.

 “This bill provides protections for many who are on the front lines and at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “We want to provide them with the assurance that, should they become infected as a result of their work, we will take care of them as well as their family. They have our back during these challenging times, and we should have theirs.”

AB 664 would define “injury” for state and local firefighters, peace officers, healthcare workers, and other emergency management personnel to include being exposed to or contracting COVID-19 or any other communicable disease. In addition, the bill creates a conclusive presumption, providing streamlines access to worker’s compensation benefits for these workers.

Under the bill, the aforementioned workers will be able to receive full hospital/medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits should they contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease.

The full text of AB 664 can be found here.