Single Payer Health, Presumptions & Expanded Benefits Bills Introduced

California legislators are setting the stage for the second half of the legislative session by introducing bills to create a single-payer health care system, expand 4850 leave for public safety officers, create a presumption for farmworkers and expand workers’ comp medical benefits for injured workers who have to travel for treatment. Legislators also introduced bills … Read More »

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Legislation Aims to Repeal AB 5

Assemblyman Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita) is carrying legislation designed to end California’s use of the ABC test to differentiate between independent contractors and employees. The legislator introduced AB 1928 “to suspend and nullify the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations and provide that this decision does not apply for purposes of California law.” … Read More »

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Governor Vetoes Workers’ Comp Bills

Proposals to expand California’s workers’ comp presumptions to more workers fell under Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto, but he signed another measure to continue an existing post-traumatic stress disorder presumption. The successful bill, SB 623 by Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), also calls for the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation to study the presumption … Read More »

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Newsom Signs Disclosure, Death Benefits Bills

Governor Gavin Newsom put pen to paper and approved several bills impacting the California workers’ comp system next year and beyond. The measures include new reporting requirements for employers in the construction classifications and another increasing death benefits for some public safety officers. Newsom also approved AB 336 by Assemblyman Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) to require … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills On Governor’s Desk

A half-dozen bills addressing workers’ comp presumptions for public sector employees, temporary disability benefits, and certain death benefits were enrolled in the legislative session’s final days. They are now awaiting action by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Governor has until October 14th to sign or veto the measures. Enrolled earlier and still awaiting action is … Read More »

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Contractor Classification Disclosure Bill Sent To Governor

The California Legislature still has a day of work left this year, but legislators already sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill to require contractors to report the workers’ compensation classifications on their workers’ comp policies to the Contractors State Licensing Board. If enacted, the bill would require the CSLB to publish on its website the … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Go One For Four In Assembly Appropriations

The Assembly Appropriations Committee reviewed 178 fiscal bills last week, including four impacting the workers’ comp system. Of the four workers’ comp bills, one cleared the Committee, and three others were parked in the Committee’s Suspense File for an up or down vote later this month. Clearing the Committee was SB 636 by Sen. Dave … Read More »

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