Should the COVID-19 Presumption Be Permanent?

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed on a 4-1 vote a bill to extend several rebuttable presumptions to frontline workers in acute care hospitals, including a permanent presumption for COVID-19 infections. The bill, SB 213 by committee chair Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), covers a range of infectious diseases, cancers, musculoskeletal injuries, … Read More »

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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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Legislative Questions Abound Amid The COVID-19 Shut-Down

California’s Legislature will have an abbreviated session to conduct the people’s business, and sources say legislators are being warned to limit their asks in light of the tightened timeframes. New bills addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including new presumption measures covering workers in the different industries with a greater exposure to the virus, are under discussion … 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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Presumptions, Privacy and Firefighter Bills Up For Hearings

The legislative machine is coming to life, and several workers’ comp bills are up for early hearings. Most important for the workers’ comp community is the hearing about the bill to create an exemption from the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) for the insurance industry. A fix is still in the works for … Read More »

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