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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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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Provider Network, Presumption Bills Causing Concern

California Legislators added a handful of bills late in the introduction period to amend the state’s workers’ comp system.  Concerns are being raised by employers and payors. Provider-focused bills seek to amend the medical provider network (MPN) and billing rules, whilst others build on the workers’ comp presumptions for public safety officers. There are not … Read More »

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Legislative Agenda Includes Full Card Of AB 5 Exemption Bills

Legislators rushed to beat last week’s deadline for bill introductions and submitted dozens of measures that could impact California’s workers’ comp system. Over two dozen bills seek to carve out new exemptions to last year’s AB 5 legislation. AB 5 is the highly controversial legislation that codified and enlarged the Dynamex decision’s ABC test for … Read More »

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Mental Health Presumption Signed, More Data Sought

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill creating a presumption that any diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for peace officers and firefighters is an industrial injury.  Key legislative consultants also raised concerns about the likelihood the bill will encourage fraudulent claims that will drive up costs for local governments, but it easily cleared … Read More »

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AB 5 an Apparent Disaster

Legislative efforts to codify the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and its “ABC” test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees are nearly complete. And they are –– says almost everyone –– a complete mess. Gov. Gavin Newsom came out in favor of the bill, sponsored by Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), just days after it … Read More »

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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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Presumption Bills Moving In The Legislature

A costly measure to create the presumption that workers’ comp automatically covers all diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues if the claimant is a first responder cleared its first hurdle without any votes in opposition. And up next is a bill rehashing prior efforts to expand workplace presumptions to cover … Read More »

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