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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Capitol Notes

News and notes from the building. SB 1213, authored by Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this week. The meat of the bill would require the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to provide parties to workers’ comp claims sign-on portal access to the electronic adjudication … Read More »

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