Legislative Update

The California legislature is on its annual summer recess, and legislators will be away for nearly two more weeks. When they return, they will have just four weeks to wrap up a number of workers’ comp bills, including measures to address discrimination in apportionment and expanded workplace presumptions. The most concerning bill of the session … Read More »

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Controversy Dooms Claims Investigation Bill

Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) proposed a package of amendments to SB 335 that would eliminate the bill’s proposal to cut in half the time employers have to investigate claims and its proposal for a 70% increase in employer liabilities for medical care during that investigation. Author Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Clear House Of Origin Before Deadline

California legislators advanced one bill that would sharply curtail the amount of time employers have to investigate workers’ comp claims and passed two others that expand the state’s presumptions that certain conditions are industrially caused. However, a third presumption measure for the healthcare sector and COVID-19 failed to clear the Senate before the June 4th … Read More »

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Proposal To Limit Claims Investigations, Increase Medical Liability Clears Committee

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved a bill carried by its chairman (see photo) to halve the amount of time employers are allowed to investigate potential fraud in a workers’ comp claims in all cases and, in some cases, reduce the time by two-thirds. SB 335 by Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) … 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 »