Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. (SB1375)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), and Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, correctional officers, and regional jail officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after September 1, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after September 1, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. This bill incorporates SB 1342 and is identical to HB 2207. Read the Bill »

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04/07/2021: enacted


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101733D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1375)
01/25/2021Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104340D-S1
02/03/2021Incorporates SB1342 (Vogel)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104340D-S1
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1375S1
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Labor and Commerce
02/11/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21200130D-H1
02/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1375S1)
02/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1375H1)
02/15/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Read third time
02/16/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200130D-H1
02/16/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1375H1
02/16/2021Passed House with substitute (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/16/2021VOTE: Passage (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021House substitute rejected by Senate (7-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/19/2021Senators: Saslaw, Norment, Petersen
02/19/2021House insisted on substitute
02/19/2021House requested conference committee
02/23/2021Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: Saslaw, Norment, Petersen
02/24/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2021Delegates: Hurst, Jones, Kilgore
02/25/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1375ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1375ER)
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N 2-A)
04/07/2021VOTE: Agree To (98-Y 0-N 2-A)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (SB1375ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 526 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0526)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0526)