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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Legislative Update

The California legislature is on its annual summer recess, and legislators will be away for nearly two more weeks. When they return, they will have just four weeks to wrap up a number of workers’ comp bills, including measures to address discrimination in apportionment and expanded workplace presumptions. The most concerning bill of the session … Read More »

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Controversy Dooms Claims Investigation Bill

Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) proposed a package of amendments to SB 335 that would eliminate the bill’s proposal to cut in half the time employers have to investigate claims and its proposal for a 70% increase in employer liabilities for medical care during that investigation. Author Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said … Read More »

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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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