Claims Investigation Bill Amended, Mandatory Comp Bill Advances

Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) amended her bill SB 1127 to limit claims investigations and increase penalties, but controversial provisions remain. Meanwhile, a measure to increase the types of construction licensees required to carry workers comp with or without employees. SB 1127 has yet to be heard by the Assembly Insurance Committee or … Read More »

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AG Bonta Files Opposition To Journalists’ AB 5 Challenge

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a petition for writ of certiorari challenging California’s system for differentiating independent contractors and employees. The petition filed by freelance journalists claims the act violates their free speech by exempting some in the field from the ABC test but not others. Many … Read More »

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Legislative Outlook Takes Shape, But Unknowns Persist

Key deadlines in the legislative process winnowed down the list of bills for the second half of the session, but the majority affecting California’s workers’ comp system are still in play. Bills covering presumptions, temporary disability, investigatory deadlines, and coverage mandates cleared their houses of origin by the May 31 deadline, while a measure addressing … Read More »

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Mid-Session Musings

It may not be the exact mid-point in the California legislative session, at least as far as the legislative calendar is concerned, but the rest of the session is starting … Read More »

Assembly Insurance Advances Presumption, CIGA Bills

The Assembly Insurance Committee held its first hearing of the year with a comprehensive slate of bills impacting the California workers’ comp system. Notable were bills by committee chair Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) to extend the Covid-19 presumptions for critical workers another two years and a bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento) to give the California … Read More »

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Staffing Industry Bill Missing Basics

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee advanced a bill ostensibly targeting unscrupulous employers and their partners in the staffing industry. But opponents say it fails to address the actual problems. Instead, they maintain that the bill as drafted will increase costs for the good actors. Amended just days before the hearing, AB 2614 by Assemblyman … Read More »

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Wide Range of Bills Targeting Workers’ Comp

The Assembly and Senate policy committees overseeing workers’ comp issues will have a busy spring after legislators introduced numerous measures addressing the system that join a handful of carryover bills. The newly proposed legislation includes bills to extend the existing Covid-19 presumptions, expand other presumptions, shorten the time employers have to investigate claims, and address … Read More »

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