COVID-19 Continues to Impact Essential WorkersBy Kenton Koszdin on July 27, 2020 | In Blogs
As the United States continues to struggle with getting ahead of the pandemic, efforts are being made by California Governor Gavin Newsom to make workers’ protections permanent, rather than temporary. Assistance for federal and state workers was set to expire at the end of July, but Gov. Newsom hopes that a permanent executive order will allow them to continue.
Case numbers and fatalities due to COVID-19 continue to rise as the state recently reported nearly 10,000 new cases and more than 150 deaths. These statistics serve to remind us the essential workers of California are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, especially Latino communities, who make up the majority of essential workers in the state.
Gov. Newsom noted in a recent COVID-19 briefing extending the executive orders would help develop bills involving the following:
- Expanding workers’ rights to COVID-19 sick pay
- Increasing efforts to provide workers’ compensation for affected essential workers
- Extending eviction protections for California renters
- Further developing Project Roomkey to fund alternative housing for essential workers that need to isolate from family members
While these proposed bills and Gov. Newsom’s briefing didn’t answer every lingering question being asked by those affected by COVID-19, it managed to temporarily put some minds at ease knowing efforts are being made.
In the meantime, we have 7 reminders on how to put your health and safety first as an essential employee working during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Wash your hands often and advocate for your space by maintaining 6 feet distance from others.
- Keep hand sanitizer on you at all times.
- Avoid ridesharing, if at all possible, to reduce exposure.
- Wear a mask any time you’re in the presence of another person, especially within enclosed spaces.
- Leave accessories at home, such as jewelry, ties, rings, or watches.
- If you wear contacts, consider using your old glasses instead to avoid touching your face throughout the day and reducing exposure.
- Have a plan in place for when you come home – skip hugs and kisses, change your clothing, spray your shoes with disinfectant, and take a shower before interacting with loved ones.
Don’t forget – if you or a loved one has been affected by COVID-19, or believe you contracted the virus on the job, you need a highly-skilled workers compensation attorney on your side. Our attorneys at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys specialize in social security disability claims and workers’ compensation. Don’t wait, call us today at 800.438.7734 for a free consultation.