Should the COVID-19 Presumption Be Permanent?

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed on a 4-1 vote a bill to extend several rebuttable presumptions to frontline workers in acute care hospitals, including a permanent presumption for COVID-19 infections. The bill, SB 213 by committee chair Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), covers a range of infectious diseases, cancers, musculoskeletal injuries, … Read More »

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Presumption Bills Moving In The Legislature

A costly measure to create the presumption that workers’ comp automatically covers all diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues if the claimant is a first responder cleared its first hurdle without any votes in opposition. And up next is a bill rehashing prior efforts to expand workplace presumptions to cover … Read More »

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Presumptions, Privacy and Firefighter Bills Up For Hearings

The legislative machine is coming to life, and several workers’ comp bills are up for early hearings. Most important for the workers’ comp community is the hearing about the bill to create an exemption from the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) for the insurance industry. A fix is still in the works for … Read More »

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