Effective on September 17, 2020, California state law SB 1159 expands the scope of workers’ compensation benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. SB 1159 makes COVID-19 an occupational injury that is eligible for workers’ compensation when particular criteria are met. The law also creates new reporting requirements that employers must comply with.
In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the related economic fallout, revenue losses are proliferating across different industries while business owners look to extrinsic solutions to stay afloat. Many businesses may find such relief through insurance claims and related litigation. New policies will likely exclude COVID-19. However, businesses may already have many types of insurance coverage that can provide relief during the pandemic.
It has become difficult, costly, or even impossible for some businesses to maintain contractual obligations, like commercial leases, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Luckily for business owners, the doctrines of commercial frustration and force majeure may allow them to rescind leases without penalty if unforeseeable circumstances make it impossible for them to operate under the stated purpose of their lease.