Workers’ Comp Bills Await Governor’s Action

Workers’ compensation was not a major issue in the California legislature this year, and of the handful of bills still in play as the session came to a close, only two made it across the finish line. SB 788 by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), addresses race, gender, and other factors in apportionment decisions. AB 872 … Read More »

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Employer’s Conviction In Fatality Case Upheld, But Sentence Reduced

The Sixth District Court of Appeal rules that a concrete contractor was properly convicted for failing to have workers’ comp coverage, offering a doctored cert, filing a false exemption, and tax evasion. The appeals court also upheld a $10,000 fine.  But ordered the lower court to reduce Ian Czirban’s sentence from three years of federal … Read More »

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Political Organizations Caught in AB 5 Web

Three organizations tied to political campaigns are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal to overturn a lower court and grant their request for a preliminary injunction barring application of AB 5’s ABC test to the independent contractors they hire. The companies provide signature gathering and door-knocking services and manage initiative campaigns. The issue appears … Read More »

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Federal Court Bounces AB 5 Challenge By Postmates, Uber, And Drivers

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a lawsuit filed by gig economy companies Postmates and Uber to block the state from applying AB 5’s ABC test to their past operations. Two drivers had also joined in the challenge. The dismissal was the second in the case, and the court was … Read More »

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Bills Extending, Expanding AB 5 Exemptions Advance

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee moved two bills to extend the sunset dates for certain industry exemptions to California’s rule for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees. One of the bills would extend an existing exemption for newspaper carriers, while the second would extend exemptions for licensed manicurists, and subcontractors providing trucking … Read More »

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Bureau Combines Circuses and Theaters

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s next regulatory filing will include a proposal to split the current class covering carnivals and circuses. The plan is to have the handful of risks operating circuses move to the state’s theater classification. The Bureau is a private organization with quasi-governmental responsibility. It is financially supported exclusively by insurance … Read More »

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