Fact Checking

As noted in the last edition of this publication, the latest existential threat to California’s workers’ compensation system is Assembly Bill 1465 co-authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San … Read More »

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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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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AB 5 Exemptions, COVID-19 Reporting Bills Approved

The bill signing season is well underway. Governor Gavin Newsom put pen to paper on many bills, including measures increasing the number of exemptions to the Dynamex ABC test and a bill requiring employers to report workplace cases of COVID-19 to local and state public health officials. In addition to these measures, brokers should take … Read More »

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Lots More AB 5 Exceptions

The California Legislature is sending a major group of exemptions from the Dynamex ABC test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees to the Governor for approval. It is an urgency measure and takes effect upon the Governor’s signature. He has indicated he will sign it. AB 2257 passed as an urgency measure, meaning it … Read More »

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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 in the Senate is strange because Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) tested positive for the virus, which originated in Wuhan China. Yesterday’s Senate floor session was … Read More »

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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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