Claims Investigation Bill Amended, Mandatory Comp Bill Advances

Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) amended her bill SB 1127 to limit claims investigations and increase penalties, but controversial provisions remain. Meanwhile, a measure to increase the types of construction licensees required to carry workers comp with or without employees. SB 1127 has yet to be heard by the Assembly Insurance Committee or … Read More »

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Legislative Outlook Takes Shape, But Unknowns Persist

Key deadlines in the legislative process winnowed down the list of bills for the second half of the session, but the majority affecting California’s workers’ comp system are still in play. Bills covering presumptions, temporary disability, investigatory deadlines, and coverage mandates cleared their houses of origin by the May 31 deadline, while a measure addressing … Read More »

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Levine Uses Legislation to Attack Commissioner

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) introduced three bills to reform operations and improve transparency at the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Two cleared a legislative hurdle and remain alive. Levine, one of three democrat challengers (and two republican and one NPP) seeking to unseat Ricardo Lara as California’s Insurance Commissioner, introduced the bills in the … Read More »

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Assembly Insurance Advances Presumption, CIGA Bills

The Assembly Insurance Committee held its first hearing of the year with a comprehensive slate of bills impacting the California workers’ comp system. Notable were bills by committee chair Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) to extend the Covid-19 presumptions for critical workers another two years and a bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento) to give the California … Read More »

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Wide Range of Bills Targeting Workers’ Comp

The Assembly and Senate policy committees overseeing workers’ comp issues will have a busy spring after legislators introduced numerous measures addressing the system that join a handful of carryover bills. The newly proposed legislation includes bills to extend the existing Covid-19 presumptions, expand other presumptions, shorten the time employers have to investigate claims, and address … Read More »

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AG Files To Save Proposition 22

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is in the unusual position of defending a voter-backed initiative to classify drivers for app-based services as independent contractors while also prosecuting those same companies for not classifying those same drivers as employees. The AG filed his opening brief to overturn a lower court decision finding that Proposition 22 is … Read More »

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Bill Introduction Deadline Looms

California legislators have until the end of the week to introduce bills for the second half of this session, but so far, there are few new bills addressing the workers’ comp system, and those that do are focused on presumptions. Earlier, legislators did advance a pair of bills out of the Senate to keep them … Read More »

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CIGA Prioritizes Legislative Objectives

The California Insurance Guarantee Association is working with legislators to introduce a handful of bills, awaiting introduction. CIGA executive director Brad Roeber outlined its legislative priorities. “We’ve got two bonding provisions in the statute today — one that is specific to workers’ comp and the other that is for natural disasters, and they both have … Read More »

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