Coronavirus Presumption Bills In Motion

There are three pending creating a workers’ comp presumption concerning COVID-19 being automatically work-related for certain employees. The bills are newly amended and awaiting review by both Houses. However, work … Read More »

Three COVID-19 Presumption Bills Advance

Three bills proposing to create presumptions that cases of COVID-19 are a compensable consequence of work cleared key policy committees. However, there are still major, unresolved issues, such as the presumption’s scope and duration. One of the bills, AB 196 by Assemblyman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), initially sought a conclusive presumption of compensability, but it … Read More »

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Legislature Resumes Next Week – Workers’ Comp Bills

The California Legislature returns next week after an extended summer recess due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among legislators and staff. Awaiting action are a number of bills affecting the workers’ comp system, including a key measure to create a presumption of compensability for COVID-19 claims filed by public and private sector employees alike. … Read More »

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Legislature Resumes Operations; Presumption Bills Looming Large

California legislators are returning to Sacramento, but operations will be anything but normal. Passing a budget is first and foremost on the agenda, but policy committees are also taking up a few bills. Hearings are being staggered to allow for social distancing, and the Legislature is encouraging parties to provide written testimony or possibly via … 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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Privacy, Worker Classifications And Presumptions Top 
The Legislative Agenda

The annual bill introduction period is behind us and among the 2,600+ bills introduced are proposals to exempt the workers’ comp system from new consumer privacy rules; expand, constrain and/or in one case carve out exceptions to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex; and numerous presumption measures. Efforts are also underway to expand coverage for … Read More »

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Assembly Insurance Committee Membership Set

The Assembly committee reviewing workers’ comp legislation is set to begin work this session. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon boosted membership on the committee from 13 to 14 members, of which only 4 are Republican. The appointments represent 20% of the party’s entire membership in the Assembly.. Assembly member Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) will again chair the … Read More »

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