Controversy Dooms Claims Investigation Bill

Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) proposed a package of amendments to SB 335 that would eliminate the bill’s proposal to cut in half the time employers have to investigate claims and its proposal for a 70% increase in employer liabilities for medical care during that investigation. Author Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Clear House Of Origin Before Deadline

California legislators advanced one bill that would sharply curtail the amount of time employers have to investigate workers’ comp claims and passed two others that expand the state’s presumptions that certain conditions are industrially caused. However, a third presumption measure for the healthcare sector and COVID-19 failed to clear the Senate before the June 4th … Read More »

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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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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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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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Small Contractors, AB 5, & Presumptions in Workers Comp Legislation

The California Legislature is still early in the bill introduction process, but a few bills have implications for the workers’ comp system. Most direct is one to require more small contractors to carry workers’ comp coverage. Another would expand workers’ comp presumptions for employees in acute care hospitals. Two other bills are directed at limiting … Read More »

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