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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Applicant Attorneys, Labor All In For Expanding Dynamex Decision

The question of who or what is an independent contractor is front and center, both for wage and hour and tax issues and for workers’ comp. The state legislature will be the scene of a major fight this year over the California Supreme Court’s employee classification decision in the Dynamex case and parties on both … Read More »

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Governor’s Action on Workers’ Comp Bills

Not every major event in a legislative session can be measured by a bill that gets signed into law. Such is the case this year when Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 479 (Gonzales Fletcher) and Senate Bill 899 (Pan). AB 479 was an attempt to address how certain impairments resulting from industrial breast cancer would … 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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WCAB Clarifies Apportionment For Multiple Injuries

When should permanent disability awards for multiple injuries be combined and when should they be rated separately? A recent WCAB decision sheds light on the issue and employers may not like what they see. Get the story here. A recent Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board panel decision clarifies the state’s apportionment rules for cases involving multiple … 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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Bill to Kill Genetic Apportionment Up For Hearing

Critics of a Court of Appeal decision authorizing apportionment of permanent disability to underlying genetic and hereditary factors are attempting to gain in the Legislature what they lost in the courts. The applicants’ bar and others will be in a Legislative hearing room today to back legislation to abrogate the court’s decision in City of … Read More »

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