Recall Déjà Vu’

In 2003, proponents of the recall of Governor Gray Davis stated, as part of their justification for the recall:   “Over 296,000 good paying jobs have left California…and more are … Read More »

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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Workers’ Comp Is A Key Issue in Prop. 22 Legal Challenge

Three gig-economy drivers, a consumer of the app-based services, and the Service Employees International Union have teamed up. They asked the California Supreme Court to exercise its original jurisdiction and declare Proposition 22 to be “invalid and unenforceable.” Opponents of the proposition have filed an emergency petition for writ of mandate. The key to their … Read More »

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Time to Ante Up

We are now entering the third week after America’s latest rough venture into the harsh environs of elections. There is some clarity in the results even if considerable uncertainty about … Read More »

Trucking Company’s Drivers Employees, Not Contractors, CDI Holds

In another audit case, State Compensation Insurance Fund was right to demand premium for 29 drivers that a trucking company claimed were independent contractors, according to the California Department of Insurance. The drivers in question did not own the trucks they drove and incurred no expenses to maintain, fuel, and insure the vehicles. The case, … Read More »

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AB 5 Exemptions, COVID-19 Reporting Bills Approved

The bill signing season is well underway. Governor Gavin Newsom put pen to paper on many bills, including measures increasing the number of exemptions to the Dynamex ABC test and a bill requiring employers to report workplace cases of COVID-19 to local and state public health officials. In addition to these measures, brokers should take … Read More »

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Lots More AB 5 Exceptions

The California Legislature is sending a major group of exemptions from the Dynamex ABC test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees to the Governor for approval. It is an urgency measure and takes effect upon the Governor’s signature. He has indicated he will sign it. AB 2257 passed as an urgency measure, meaning it … Read More »

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