Skin Cancer Presumption Advances On A Promise

The Assembly Insurance Committee advanced a bill to extend a skin cancer presumption for fish and game wardens and park rangers. But not before receiving a promise from the bill’s author that he will wait for the results of a Commission on Health, Safety, and Workers’ Compensation study. In pushing for the Committee to advance … Read More »

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Rating Bureau, CIGA, CHSWC Bills Clear Initial Committee

The Assembly Insurance Committee last week passed three bills that amend the requirements for some workers’ comp reports, increase oversight of a key industry resource, and would extend the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s bond issuing authority. The bills advanced without opposition. Two of the bills are Committee bills, but Committee chair Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) … Read More »

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Limiting Investigations And Other Abuses

As Assembly Bill 1465 (Reyes) apparently languishes in or around the Assembly Insurance Committee, another ominous legislative proposal has appeared on the horizon. Actually, Senate Bill 335 (Cortese) has crossed … Read More »

Legislature Resumes Operations; Presumption Bills Looming Large

California legislators are returning to Sacramento, but operations will be anything but normal. Passing a budget is first and foremost on the agenda, but policy committees are also taking up a few bills. Hearings are being staggered to allow for social distancing, and the Legislature is encouraging parties to provide written testimony or possibly via … Read More »

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Coronavirus Presumption Could Cost California Employers $2.2B To $33.6B

Creating a conclusive presumption that any essential employee that contracts coronavirus did so in the course of their employment could cost the California workers’ comp system up to $33.6 billion, according to an early estimate by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. Any estimates at this point could be highly politicalized and must be reviewed … Read More »

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Presumptions, Privacy and Firefighter Bills Up For Hearings

The legislative machine is coming to life, and several workers’ comp bills are up for early hearings. Most important for the workers’ comp community is the hearing about the bill to create an exemption from the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) for the insurance industry. A fix is still in the works for … Read More »

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Privacy, Worker Classifications And Presumptions Top 
The Legislative Agenda

The annual bill introduction period is behind us and among the 2,600+ bills introduced are proposals to exempt the workers’ comp system from new consumer privacy rules; expand, constrain and/or in one case carve out exceptions to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex; and numerous presumption measures. Efforts are also underway to expand coverage for … Read More »

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State Agencies Respond To Fraud Audit Recommendations

The Department of Industrial Relations and the California Department of Insurance have either fully implemented the recommendations made by the California state auditor for improving their fight against workers’ comp fraud or are well on their way to compliance. The Assembly Insurance Committee is also preparing to add recommendations from that December report to legislation … Read More »

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