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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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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Workers’ Comp Gender Bias Bill Clears Assembly

The California Legislature is continuing its work of helping to drive even more employers out of California.  This time, it is making quick work of a bill aimed at eliminating alleged gender biases in the setting of permanent disability awards and determining apportionment. It is another stab at establishing special “rights or privileges” for one … Read More »

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Third Time’s The Charm For Safety Officer Death Benefit Bill

Indications from the Governor’s office that he will accept a bill to nearly double the amount of time that workers’ comp death benefits would apply when firefighters and police officer succumb to certain conditions got the bill moving in and out of the Legislature. The measure, AB 1035 by Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles), … Read More »

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4850 Leave Expansion, Presumption Bills Pass Committees Over Agencies Objections

Despite public agencies and local governments opposition to a workers’ comp bill to increase the number of public safety officers entitled to full pay and benefits for a year if they are injured on the job, SB 1234 by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) passed committee on a unanimous vote.  Public agency representatives testified to the … Read More »

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