The Suspense is Killing Me

This time of year is always a strange one for followers of California’s sometimes chaotic and other times opaque legislative process. Specifically, May 21st is the deadline for the Senate … Read More »

Small Contractors, AB 5, & Presumptions in Workers Comp Legislation

The California Legislature is still early in the bill introduction process, but a few bills have implications for the workers’ comp system. Most direct is one to require more small contractors to carry workers’ comp coverage. Another would expand workers’ comp presumptions for employees in acute care hospitals. Two other bills are directed at limiting … 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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Gov. Brown Rejects Labor Bills For Safety Officer Benefits, Private Sector Presumptions

Public sector employers and health care providers dodged a large financial bullet when Gov. Jerry Brown went against organized labor and vetoed three workers’ comp bills covering presumptions and public safety officer benefits. The trio of bills included a proposal for a wide scale expansion of workers’ comp presumptions into private sector workplaces. Gov. Brown’s … Read More »

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Private-Sector Presumptions Are Back

A prominent health care union and applicant attorneys are behind a renewed push to extend presumptions to more private-sector settings. They want to redefine injuries for thousands of nurses and direct-care hospital workers who contract certain illnesses or report a neck or back condition. The move is being touted in part as a gender parity … Read More »

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Opinions Mixed on Workers’ Comp Legislation in 2010

The looming gubernatorial election in 2010 and its potential to put a Democrat in the governor’s seat has one Capitol watcher and a veteran legislator drawing distinctly different conclusions about the prospects in California for workers’ comp legislation in the coming year. Longtime Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters says that unlike in recent years, there … Read More »

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Budget Woes Leave a Trail of Dead Bills

Workers’ comp legislation sponsored by purveyors of presumptions and permanent-disability boosters is being left on the cutting-room floor, thanks to a California budget crisis that has even Democrats unwilling to advance pet causes. The price tags attached to some of this legislation made local governments—already stretched to the limit—very nervous about financial implications for their … Read More »

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More Presumptions and MPN Provider Protections

California legislators have wasted no time churning out workers’ comp legislation, introducing no fewer than 26 bills before the deadline. Legislators have introduced two more presumption bills, which will be costly to the state’s taxpayers, before the deadline. Assemblyman Joe Coto (D-San Jose) introduced a bill expanding the cancer presumption for firefighters in January (see … Read More »

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