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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Mental Health Presumption Signed, More Data Sought

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill creating a presumption that any diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for peace officers and firefighters is an industrial injury.  Key legislative consultants also raised concerns about the likelihood the bill will encourage fraudulent claims that will drive up costs for local governments, but it easily cleared … Read More »

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AB 5 an Apparent Disaster

Legislative efforts to codify the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and its “ABC” test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees are nearly complete. And they are –– says almost everyone –– a complete mess. Gov. Gavin Newsom came out in favor of the bill, sponsored by Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), just days after it … 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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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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Privacy, Worker Classifications And Presumptions Top 
The Legislative Agenda

The annual bill introduction period is behind us and among the 2,600+ bills introduced are proposals to exempt the workers’ comp system from new consumer privacy rules; expand, constrain and/or in one case carve out exceptions to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex; and numerous presumption measures. Efforts are also underway to expand coverage for … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills: 3 In 2 Out

Signings Three, Vetoes Two For Gov. Jerry Brown who closed out the first half of the legislative session by approving a bill that will smooth the development and upkeep of a prescription drug formulary for the California workers’ comp system. The administration already got a head start on the process, but a critical provision in … Read More »

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Workers Comp Bill Watch

  The workers’ comp community is waiting to see what Gov. Jerry Brown will do with the handful of comp bills that have cleared the Legislature. They include mandates to create a prescription drug formulary and to alter the permanent disability ratings for breast cancer victims. Gov. Brown has until October 11th to take action. … Read More »

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