Legislative Affairs

California legislators faced an early hurdle to keep their 2024 bills alive and viable. Legislative rules required fiscal bills to clear the policy committees in their house of origin by last Friday. Nonfiscal bills have until this Friday to reach the floor of their house of origin. Which workers’ comp bills made it? Here is … Read More »

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Legislation Aims to Repeal AB 5

Assemblyman Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita) is carrying legislation designed to end California’s use of the ABC test to differentiate between independent contractors and employees. The legislator introduced AB 1928 “to suspend and nullify the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations and provide that this decision does not apply for purposes of California law.” … Read More »

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Governor Vetoes Workers’ Comp Bills

Proposals to expand California’s workers’ comp presumptions to more workers fell under Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto, but he signed another measure to continue an existing post-traumatic stress disorder presumption. The successful bill, SB 623 by Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), also calls for the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation to study the presumption … Read More »

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Newsom Signs Disclosure, Death Benefits Bills

Governor Gavin Newsom put pen to paper and approved several bills impacting the California workers’ comp system next year and beyond. The measures include new reporting requirements for employers in the construction classifications and another increasing death benefits for some public safety officers. Newsom also approved AB 336 by Assemblyman Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) to require … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills On Governor’s Desk

A half-dozen bills addressing workers’ comp presumptions for public sector employees, temporary disability benefits, and certain death benefits were enrolled in the legislative session’s final days. They are now awaiting action by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Governor has until October 14th to sign or veto the measures. Enrolled earlier and still awaiting action is … Read More »

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Legislative Update

The California Legislature is on its annual summer recess, but before legislators left Sacramento for their home districts, they advanced nearly a dozen workers’ comp bills before a key deadline. Under legislative rules, bills had to clear the policy committee of the other house to still be considered this year without a rule waiver. The … Read More »

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Experts Warn About Penalty Claims Under Dem Bill

Last year, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature teamed up to alter the claims investigation process for public sector presumption claims by shortening the window from 90 to 75 days. Also enacted are new penalties of up to $50,000 for unreasonable delays or denials in these cases, and experts predict all public sector … Read More »

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Questionable Legislative Initiatives Moving Forward

The California legislature passed a critical deadline requiring bills to advance out of their houses of origin by June 2nd or be held over until next year. Insiders say a greater percentage of bills cleared that hurdle this year compared to the historical norm. They say it has everything to do with the total control … Read More »

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