Another Third-Party COVID-19 Claim

A California employer’s fight against an attempted third-party liability claim for COVID-19 is drawing national attention. Will it protect the workers’ compensation system’s exclusivity provision? The fight in state court mirrors another case where a federal court said workers’ compensation covers the claim, but here the trial court is prepared to let the negligence and … Read More »

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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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Small Employers Plan Cuts Ahead Of Obamacare

Small employers remain concerned about the employer health care mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and despite a one-year delay are readying steps to avoid the full financial impact of the health care bill. A new survey indicates that many are considering steps that would ultimately impact the workers’ comp industry. The survey by … Read More »

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The Latest News from the Bill Battles

Insurance commissioner candidate and current Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) has drawn a line in the sand about his bill, AB 2490, which originally required that policy disputes between workers’ comp insurance carriers and employers be arbitrated in California using California law. It’s not unusual for employers to be blindsided by agreements requiring that disputes be … Read More »

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LVII To PD Or Not To PD

That is the question in 2007. Or is it? Interest shown by employers and labor in this issue just a few months ago seems to have waned considerably, at least … Read More »