Gov. Newsom Vetoes One, Signs Three Others

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vetoed the most prominent workers’ comp bill sent to his desk this year and still has several days to act on legislation that passed this year. Following in the steps of his predecessor, Newsom rejected a bill addressing issues of potential discrimination in apportionment decisions. Newsom’s veto message for SB … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Await Governor’s Action

Workers’ compensation was not a major issue in the California legislature this year, and of the handful of bills still in play as the session came to a close, only two made it across the finish line. SB 788 by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), addresses race, gender, and other factors in apportionment decisions. AB 872 … Read More »

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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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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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UR Bill Clears Assembly, Apportionment Bill Still Alive

Two bills backed by the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) are advancing in the Legislature. One addressing utilization review is moving “as a vehicle for on-going discussions” about potential reforms, while the second would restrict apportionment for permanent disabilities. As recently amended, AB 1107 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) would allow claimants to seek penalties … 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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Mix of New Faces on Key Workers’ Comp Committee

The Assembly Insurance Committee is fielding nine new members this year, including one with actual insurance industry experience. Leadership of the committee is also changing with second term Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) taking the helm for his first tour on the committee, but vice-chair Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) returns to the committee in the same … Read More »

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