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State Fund Now Accepting Applications For $50 Million Return to Work Safety Fund

State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) announced it has started accepting applications for its $50 million Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund.

State Fund is California’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. It is not for profit and funded solely by premiums and investment income. State Fund provides workers’ compensation to more than 110,000 individual businesses.

Help for Nonessential Workers

The fund is intended to help nonessential businesses as they return to work.

The fund will help State Fund policyholders implement new safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as California’s stay-at-home orders are lifted, State Fund said.

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“Our return to work safety fund will help protect businesses, employees and their customers from COVID-19,” said State Fund President and CEO Vern Steiner. “By providing this support, we’re ensuring that businesses can afford to make the critical safety upgrades needed to meet the governor’s prudent, phased re-opening recommendations. That’s good for the health of Californians and good for our economy.”

The Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund was designed specifically for businesses that were not deemed “essential” under Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 executive orders. It provides grants to qualified policyholders to help defray the costs of safety-related expenses, planned or already incurred, related to protecting their workforces from COVID-19.

Covered

Some of the items covered include, goggles, masks, and gloves; cleaning supplies and services; and worksite modifications.

A grant can total up to twice the policyholder’s estimated annual premium (EAP) up to a maximum of $10,000, whichever is less.

The applicant requests the amount through State Fund’s application form, which guides the applicant through the various guidelines and requirements for the grant.

No Repayment

These grants are not a loan and do not require repayment. They can be applied to expenses incurred as early as March 1, 2020 or to future expenses related to protecting the workforce from COVID-19. State Fund will continue to accept applications and award grants until the $50 million fund is depleted.

State Fund also offers guidance to all California businesses on re-opening requirements and how to establish a pandemic prevention plan on its safety resource site, www.SafeAtWorkCA.com.

More information about State Fund’s actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at www.StateFundCA.com.

State Fund says it has played a vital role in the state’s economy for more than 100 years. By innovating in areas such as workplace safety and injured worker care, it is committed to serving California.

Both the Essential Business Support Fund and the Return to Work Safety Fund were launched by State Fund.

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