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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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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Tragic Accounts of Terror In AB 44 Testimony

Legislative efforts to reform the way California’s workers’ comp system handles victims of terrorist attacks and workplace violence revealed the personal horrors workers at San Bernardino’s Department of Public Health experienced during and after the December 2015 attack that killed 14 and wounded 22 others. Testifying in support of AB 44 by applicant’s attorney and Assemblyman … Read More »

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Will AB 44 Snuff Out Workers’ Comp Reform?

Only a handful of bills have been introduced so far for this legislative session, but one of the first could be shaping up to be a major battle that could unwind years of workers’ comp reforms. Supporters maintain that it is a needed correction to cut out the “red tape” that is plaguing the system. … Read More »

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