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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DIR Director Hagen’s Appointment Clears Senate Rules Committee

Katrina Hagen, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointee to head the California Department of Industrial Relations, easily cleared the Senate Rules Committee, but not before facing questioning about key workers’ comp and workplace safety issues. Notably, Hagen (see photo) was asked about pending updates to the state’s med-legal fee schedule, copy service fee schedule, and the rapidly … Read More »

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Conoravirus Death Claims

California’s workers’ compensation system has received reports for 59,559 cases alleging a workplace injury due to COVID-19. But nearly 30%, some 17,690, tested negative and were rejected.  The filings equal 11% of all workers’ comp claims so far this year but the number is only 8% after the rejected are removed. The concentration of COVID-19 … 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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Applicant Attorneys, Labor All In For Expanding Dynamex Decision

The question of who or what is an independent contractor is front and center, both for wage and hour and tax issues and for workers’ comp. The state legislature will be the scene of a major fight this year over the California Supreme Court’s employee classification decision in the Dynamex case and parties on both … Read More »

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Top Workers’ Comp Stories of 2018

Every year the first issue of the Workers’ Comp Executive includes a “Top Stories” item covering the hottest topics from the past year. Some years, the top stories might be driven by Legislative changes or new interpretations of existing law by the courts or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Others it might be the market … Read More »

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Brown, Newsom Wield Appointment Authority

Amid a flurry of last-minute appointments, former Governor Jerry Brown opted to reshape the board of directors for the State Compensation Insurance Fund from the top down but left intact the status quo at the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Governor Gavin Newsom also opted for continuity with his selection of Labor Commissioner … Read More »

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