Workers’ Comp Is A Key Issue in Prop. 22 Legal Challenge

Three gig-economy drivers, a consumer of the app-based services, and the Service Employees International Union have teamed up. They asked the California Supreme Court to exercise its original jurisdiction and declare Proposition 22 to be “invalid and unenforceable.” Opponents of the proposition have filed an emergency petition for writ of mandate. The key to their … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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Time to Ante Up

We are now entering the third week after America’s latest rough venture into the harsh environs of elections. There is some clarity in the results even if considerable uncertainty about … Read More »

CPUC Says Gig Drivers Covered by Workers’ Comp

An administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission says that transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber should be providing their drivers with workers’ comp coverage. The agency is holding that “TNC drivers are presumed to be employees” under the recently passed AB 5 legislation that codified the California Supreme Court decision … 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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Governor Signs Flawed AB 5 Legislation Into Law

Gov. Gavin Newsom wasted little time in signing AB 5 into law. The bill by Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) is supposed to codify the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex ABC test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees. And it sets dates for workers’ comp coverage to be provided. It makes little sense say many insurance … Read More »

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AB 5 an Apparent Disaster

Legislative efforts to codify the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and its “ABC” test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees are nearly complete. And they are –– says almost everyone –– a complete mess. Gov. Gavin Newsom came out in favor of the bill, sponsored by Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), just days after it … Read More »

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