Should the COVID-19 Presumption Be Permanent?

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed on a 4-1 vote a bill to extend several rebuttable presumptions to frontline workers in acute care hospitals, including a permanent presumption for COVID-19 infections. The bill, SB 213 by committee chair Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), covers a range of infectious diseases, cancers, musculoskeletal injuries, … Read More »

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Hospital Presumption Costly for Employers

Employers, particularly municipalities, hope to stop what they say is costly workers’ comp legislation before it gets to the governor’s desk. One bill that is particularly worrisome is AB 375, authored by Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland), which would require presumptions for nurses. Early estimates peg potential costs in the millions of dollars, a concern for city … Read More »

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Private-Sector Presumptions Are Back

A prominent health care union and applicant attorneys are behind a renewed push to extend presumptions to more private-sector settings. They want to redefine injuries for thousands of nurses and direct-care hospital workers who contract certain illnesses or report a neck or back condition. The move is being touted in part as a gender parity … Read More »

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Numbers Coming Together on Presumption Bills: Will Budgets Bust?

Legislation expanding workers’ comp presumptions for hospital employees is causing heartburn for counties already grappling with budget problems and facility closures. The broad language in AB 664, authored by Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland), concerns county executives, some of whom see millions of dollars in exposure. It’s a hidden tax cost that will be paid by taxpayers, … Read More »

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More Presumptions and MPN Provider Protections

California legislators have wasted no time churning out workers’ comp legislation, introducing no fewer than 26 bills before the deadline. Legislators have introduced two more presumption bills, which will be costly to the state’s taxpayers, before the deadline. Assemblyman Joe Coto (D-San Jose) introduced a bill expanding the cancer presumption for firefighters in January (see … Read More »

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