Proposal To Limit Claims Investigations, Increase Medical Liability Clears Committee

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved a bill carried by its chairman (see photo) to halve the amount of time employers are allowed to investigate potential fraud in a workers’ comp claims in all cases and, in some cases, reduce the time by two-thirds. SB 335 by Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) … Read More »

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More Presumption Bills

The Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee advanced without opposition a bill to expand an existing workers’ comp presumption for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It will provide the presumption to more public safety officers and others involved in emergency response. Legislators also amended another presumption bill to expand coverage and yet another to make … Read More »

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CHSWC Commissioners Pull Study Over Labor’s Concerns

Instead of approving the adoption of a research report on musculoskeletal injuries among California firefighters, the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) instead pulled the study from its website. Commissioners are now demanding a new tete-a-tete with the report’s authors. Labor representatives to the Commission prompted the move because of  concerns about the … Read More »

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Presumption Bills Moving In The Legislature

A costly measure to create the presumption that workers’ comp automatically covers all diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues if the claimant is a first responder cleared its first hurdle without any votes in opposition. And up next is a bill rehashing prior efforts to expand workplace presumptions to cover … Read More »

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AB 44 Delayed, Backers Still Eye Amendments

Backers including applicant’s attorneys of Assemblyman Eloise Gomez-Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino), herself an applicant’s attorney, bill to carve out exceptions to California’s rules for utilization review and independent medical review are still talking about returning the bill to its original form, but so far nothing substantial has materialized. Now they will have to wait a few … Read More »

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AB 44 Delayed, Backers Still Eye Amendments

Backers including applicant’s attorneys of Assemblyman Eloise Gomez-Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino), herself an applicant’s attorney,  bill to carve out exceptions to California’s rules for utilization review and independent medical review are still talking about returning the bill to its original form, but so far nothing substantial has materialized. Now they will have to wait a few weeks … Read More »

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The Jury’s Still Out On SB 863

Employers are concerned that some provisions of the SB 863 workers’ comp reforms are failing to live up to expectations and in some cases are actually turning into increased new cost drivers. These include such items as the $300 million price tag for changing they way physicians get paid and what’s turned into the overuse … Read More »

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Safety Officer Death Benefit Pegged At $4.75 Million

A multi-year effort to extend the window for claiming workers’ comp death benefits for public safety officers such as firefighters and police officers may be gaining new legs. Two bills to extend the presumptions have made it all the way to the Governor’s desk in the past, but a lack of data about what it … Read More »

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