Skin Cancer Presumption Advances On A Promise

The Assembly Insurance Committee advanced a bill to extend a skin cancer presumption for fish and game wardens and park rangers. But not before receiving a promise from the bill’s author that he will wait for the results of a Commission on Health, Safety, and Workers’ Compensation study. In pushing for the Committee to advance … Read More »

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Rating Bureau, CIGA, CHSWC Bills Clear Initial Committee

The Assembly Insurance Committee last week passed three bills that amend the requirements for some workers’ comp reports, increase oversight of a key industry resource, and would extend the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s bond issuing authority. The bills advanced without opposition. Two of the bills are Committee bills, but Committee chair Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) … Read More »

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Three COVID-19 Presumption Bills Advance

Three bills proposing to create presumptions that cases of COVID-19 are a compensable consequence of work cleared key policy committees. However, there are still major, unresolved issues, such as the presumption’s scope and duration. One of the bills, AB 196 by Assemblyman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), initially sought a conclusive presumption of compensability, but it … Read More »

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COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Over 22,000

California workers have filed 22,621 claims for workers’ comp benefits due to COVID-19. The data – covering claims through the third week of July – shows nearly a quarter of them denied. Applicants must test positive for the disease to have a valid claim. The claims data from the California Workers’ Compensation Information System released … Read More »

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Legislature Resumes Next Week – Workers’ Comp Bills

The California Legislature returns next week after an extended summer recess due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among legislators and staff. Awaiting action are a number of bills affecting the workers’ comp system, including a key measure to create a presumption of compensability for COVID-19 claims filed by public and private sector employees alike. … Read More »

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Early COVID-19 Claims Accepted And Denied

The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers’ comp claims remains to be seen. Still, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute says a review of early claims show the majority were accepted or were only denied when the employee tested negative for the coronavirus. Many other claims were still under investigation at the time of … Read More »

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One Presumption Bill Advances, Another Fails

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement committee advanced SB 1159, authored by committee chair Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), and co-authored by Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim). The idea is to create a COVID-19 presumption for public and private sector workers. The committee rejected a broader bill for a private sector … Read More »

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Legislature Resumes Operations; Presumption Bills Looming Large

California legislators are returning to Sacramento, but operations will be anything but normal. Passing a budget is first and foremost on the agenda, but policy committees are also taking up a few bills. Hearings are being staggered to allow for social distancing, and the Legislature is encouraging parties to provide written testimony or possibly via … Read More »

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