Privacy, Apportionment, Dynamex Bills Clear Houses of Origin

Bills had until the end of May to clear their house of origin to remain alive and nearly a dozen measures impacting workers’ comp in particular and the insurance industry at large remain viable. Nearly all of the bills are expected to undergo additional amendments and refinements as they make their way through the legislative … Read More »

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Local Agencies Hope For Vetoes

Local governments and public agencies are taking a new tact in the fight to stave off the financially devastating effects that would follow a broad expansion of disability leave benefits for injured public safety officers. The agencies are pinning their hopes on Gov. Jerry Brown vetoing a pair of bills and keeping the state’s Labor … Read More »

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Gender Bias, CalFire Benefits Bills Advance

A bill allegedly designed to root out gender bias in the workers’ comp system is moving again in the Assembly despite a similar measure being vetoed in the past including a nearly identical bill that succumbed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto pen just seven months ago.  The Assembly Insurance Committee passed AB 1643 by Assemblywoman … Read More »

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Narrowed 4850 Leave Bill Advances

A new attempt to double the amount of tax-free wage replacement benefits available for some police officers, firefighters, and other public safety officers is advancing in the California Legislature over the objections of those who would pay the added benefits. SB 897 by Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) would allow certain officers access to two years … Read More »

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Legislation Targets IMR Cleanup & More

The deadline to introduce legislation for the second half of the session is still a little over a week away, and so far workers’ comp is far from a hot topic. One proposal introduced to date would boost some benefits for injured firefighters, police officers, and other public safety officials while another would clean up … Read More »

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Labor Contractor, Presumption Bills Survive Legislative Deadline

A handful of bills addressing workers’ comp presumptions for peace officers and healthcare workers, along with a bill to tighten the rules covering liability issues for labor contracting survived a legislative deadline and moved to the Senate. The bills are expected to increase workers’ comp costs for taxpayers and some private employers if they survive … Read More »

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Private Sector Presumption Clears Initial Committee

A bill –– the first workplace presumption applicable to traditional workers in private sector workplaces –– to apply workers’ comp presumptions is moving in the Legislature after a divided Assembly Insurance Committee gave its approval to AB 2616. The bill would create a presumption that specific types of infections are covered by workers’ comp if … Read More »

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Nurse Presumption, CIGA Assessment Bills Up For First Hearings

Members of the Assembly Insurance Committee reconvene this morning for the first time since their spring break and will review a host of workers’ comp-related bills. Included in the package are recently amended bills to expand the use of presumptions to some private sector workers, create a guarantee of expedited hearings to others and to … Read More »

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