Fact Checking

As noted in the last edition of this publication, the latest existential threat to California’s workers’ compensation system is Assembly Bill 1465 co-authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San … Read More »

Legislative Questions Abound Amid The COVID-19 Shut-Down

California’s Legislature will have an abbreviated session to conduct the people’s business, and sources say legislators are being warned to limit their asks in light of the tightened timeframes. New bills addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including new presumption measures covering workers in the different industries with a greater exposure to the virus, are under discussion … Read More »

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Draft Copy Service Fee Schedule Raises Concerns On Both Sides

A Division of Workers’ Compensation draft proposal to increase the base pay rate for copying workers’ comp records by 16.7% is being derided as too little of an increase by many copy companies.   But defense-oriented organizations have concerns about proposals for the automatic cost of living adjustments and other issues. The Division is currently reviewing … Read More »

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No Delays In Medical Care Found By State Auditor

A state audit of workers’ comp injuries suffered by workers and inmates alike at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was conducted. It found that medical treatment authorizations are occurring promptly and that many received immediate care for their injuries (see chart page 10). The Auditor’s findings are bad news for California Applicants’ Attorneys … Read More »

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Privacy, Apportionment, Dynamex Bills Clear Houses of Origin

Bills had until the end of May to clear their house of origin to remain alive and nearly a dozen measures impacting workers’ comp in particular and the insurance industry at large remain viable. Nearly all of the bills are expected to undergo additional amendments and refinements as they make their way through the legislative … Read More »

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UR Bill Clears Assembly, Apportionment Bill Still Alive

Two bills backed by the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) are advancing in the Legislature. One addressing utilization review is moving “as a vehicle for on-going discussions” about potential reforms, while the second would restrict apportionment for permanent disabilities. As recently amended, AB 1107 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) would allow claimants to seek penalties … Read More »

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