One Presumption Bill Advances, Another Fails

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement committee advanced SB 1159, authored by committee chair Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), and co-authored by Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim). The idea is to create a COVID-19 presumption for public and private sector workers. The committee rejected a broader bill for a private sector … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Fate In Governor’s Hands

The California Legislature wrapped up its work for the year, and now it is up to Gov. Jerry Brown to determine the fate of the few workers’ comp bills that advanced to his desk. The bills cover a number of topics including apportionment, permanent disability, anti-fraud and the state’s $120 million return-to-work fund. These measures … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills End Game

The California Legislature is entering the final stage of its two-year session, and a couple of handfuls of bills of interest to the workers’ comp community are still pending. Legislators return from summer recess on August 6th to take up these measures. All bills have to be passed by the end of August. Here is … Read More »

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Anti-Fraud, Genetics Bills Pass Legislative Hurdle

The California Legislature, ever willing to do even more damage, is in the second half of its legislative year, and a handful of workers’ comp measures survived the June 1st deadline to get out of their house of origin. Still alive are bills to alter permanent disability awards for breast cancer, override a court of … Read More »

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Pilot Debit Card System Planned

A Sacramento Senator is carrying a bill to have State Compensation Insurance Fund engage a pilot program that uses pre-paid debit cards to deliver indemnity benefits to workers’ comp claimants. Sen. Richard Pan M.D. (D-Sacramento) amended SB 880 this month to create the pilot program for temporary disability benefit payments. As currently drafted, SB 880 … Read More »

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Fraud, Peace Officer Benefit Bills Get First Hearings

Policy committee hearings at the Legislature pick up in earnest next month when legislators return from spring recess. Already several bills targeting the workers’ comp system are on the respective agendas for the first regular meetings of the Assembly Insurance Committee and the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committees. The overall pool of substantive bills, … Read More »

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Amended Legislation Targets UR Industry Contracts

A failed 2015 legislative effort to limit the use of utilization review in some workers’ comp cases has returned in amended form and is moving in the Legislature. SB 563 by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) cleared a key policy committee after it was rewritten to address UR industry contracts rather than the actual practice of … Read More »

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