Privacy, Apportionment, Dynamex Bills Clear Houses of Origin

Bills had until the end of May to clear their house of origin to remain alive and nearly a dozen measures impacting workers’ comp in particular and the insurance industry at large remain viable. Nearly all of the bills are expected to undergo additional amendments and refinements as they make their way through the legislative … Read More »

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Labor, Employers Back New DWC Administrative Director

Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Director George Parisotto faced stiff questioning during his confirmation hearing from members of the Senate Rules Committee about the Division’s handling of utilization review issues, qualified medical evaluators, and its anti-fraud efforts but in the end, he sailed through on a unanimous vote. Parisotto’s appointment also received universal support from … Read More »

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Gender Bias, CalFire Benefits Bills Advance

A bill allegedly designed to root out gender bias in the workers’ comp system is moving again in the Assembly despite a similar measure being vetoed in the past including a nearly identical bill that succumbed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto pen just seven months ago.  The Assembly Insurance Committee passed AB 1643 by Assemblywoman … Read More »

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Employers Become Liable For Labor Contractors’

Against the urging of California’s business community, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will make most employers jointly liable for wage, safety and workers’ comp violations of the labor contracting firms they use to run their businesses.  AB 1897 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) was dubbed a “job killer” by the … Read More »

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WCAB Commiss Brass Reappointed, Two Seats Still Vacant

Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board commissioner Frank Brass, 83,  to a new six-year term on the board. The move maintains the status quo among the members of the board but still leaves two seats vacant on what is supposed to be a seven-member panel. Brass has served on the board since 2001 and … Read More »

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Lien Holders Challenge Constitutionality Of Activation Fee

SB 863’s mandate that workers’ comp lien holders pay a $100 activation fee to keep their legacy liens alive is generating millions in revenue for the Department of Industrial Relations and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is dismissing liens at hearings when the fee has not been paid. The system is working to somewhat reduce … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Resource Bill Moves In Senate

California employers and brokers will have easier access to information about the workers’ comp carriers providing their coverage  according to a bill’s author, if a bill moving through the legislature becomes law. Obtaining Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, however, may prove elusive as administration officials testified in opposition to the bill for being a redundant and unnecessary … Read More »

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