2021 Year In Review

It is time for Workers’ Comp Executive to provide a list of the most significant California workers’ compensation stories from the previous year. Some years, legislative developments like the 2012 passage of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms dominate the news. Other years’ market issues such as rising workers’ comp rates or insurance company … Read More »

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Limiting Investigations And Other Abuses

As Assembly Bill 1465 (Reyes) apparently languishes in or around the Assembly Insurance Committee, another ominous legislative proposal has appeared on the horizon. Actually, Senate Bill 335 (Cortese) has crossed … Read More »

More Presumption Bills

The Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee advanced without opposition a bill to expand an existing workers’ comp presumption for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It will provide the presumption to more public safety officers and others involved in emergency response. Legislators also amended another presumption bill to expand coverage and yet another to make … Read More »

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TMI?

On February 17, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) announced the creation of an Employer Portal for COVID-19 industry guidance. Per the LWDA, the Portal is, “…a one-stop hub … Read More »

Budget Request For More Coronavirus Related Positions

The Department of Industrial Relations is providing detail about its request for an additional $8.7 million – paying for some 43 positions next fiscal year. It wants the money to pay for the added workload from three COVID-19 related bills. The legislation created a presumption for some cases of the virus and sought to boost … Read More »

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SB 1159 And Reporting Fines

In September of 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 1159, legislation that codified his prior Executive Order and created presumptions that certain COVID-19 cases are compensable. Employees who … Read More »

Brokers Notify Clients Of New COVID-19 Emergency Safety Regulations

Agents and Brokers who have yet to do so should consider contacting their clients to let them know that Cal/OSHA adopted emergency regulations mandating new COVID-19 safety protections for employees. The regulation is already in effect. The emergency proposal faced strong opposition from the employer community. It was nevertheless approved by the California Occupational Safety … Read More »

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