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Governor Signs Presumption, COVID Notification Bills

09/18/2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a bill creating several presumptions that COVID-19 is a compensable condition and he signed a measur

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CWCI: Evaluation and Physical Medical Visits Down, but Payments Up 14%

09/16/2020
treatment dates beginning between 2000 and 2017. Research focuses on three periods pre-2004 reforms after Senate Bills 228 and 899 and after SB 863 and Assembly Bills 1244 and 1124. The full study is titled Changes in Medical Treatment Trends After 20 Years of Incremental Workers Compensation

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CWCI Webinar to Cover COVID Presumption, Reporting Requirement

09/15/2020
any business if it determines the risk of exposure to COVID-19 constitutes an imminent hazard to employees. The bill would not apply to health facilities. CWCI General Counsel Ellen Sims Langille and Claims and Medical Director Jackie Secia will review the bills during the webinar that starts

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Legislature Passes One COVID Presumption Bill Before Ending Session

09/02/2020
-sector workers. Newsom thanked legislators for their efforts in a news release Tuesday although he did not mention SB 1159 specifically. The Legislature also passed several bills protecting those who work on the front lines of the pandemic from expanding paid leave and employer notifications

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COVID Presumptions Amended, Conclusive Proposal Off Table

08/27/2020
A proposal to create a conclusive presumption that COVID-19 is compensable was taken off the table leaving California lawmakers three rebuttable presumption bills to debate in the final days of the 2020 session. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez D-San Diego on Tuesday amended AB 196 to eliminate

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Legislature Has One Week to Decide Fate of Competing COVID Presumption Bills

08/24/2020
on Thursday. Analyses for both measures say the fiscal impact is unknown but the bills would raise workers comp premiums and increase costs at the Division of Workers Compensation by several million dollars per year. Both Assembly bills have strong support among labor. The California Labor

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Newsom's Order Creating COVID Presumption Was Unconstitutional, Defense Firm Alleges

08/21/2020
Constitution explicitly gives the Legislature the plenary power to create a workers' compensation system. Lawmakers are considering three presumption bills including one that would codify the governor's order and undercut the separation of powers arguments. "Now that the Legislature is doing it the

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Trio of Presumption Bills Placed in Suspense Get Appropriations Hearings Today

08/20/2020
Three bills that would create COVID-19 presumptions were held in suspense earlier this week and will be heard during committee meetings today. Assembly Bill 196 Assembly Bill 664 and Senate Bill 1159 would to varying degrees establish presumptions that workers who contracted COVID-19 did so

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Appropriations Committee Hearing Presumption Bills Monday

08/14/2020
The state Senate Appropriations Committee will review potential cost implications for a pair of bills that would create statutory presumptions that COVID-19 is a compensable condition in California during a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. on Monday. Committee members will review Assembly Bill

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Worker Charged With Fraud for Claiming Benefits After Losing Fight With Ex-Marine

08/12/2020
to a local hospital where he filed a workers compensation claim. The Insurance Department said without elaborating that he provided false statements regarding the nature of the injury. Advantage Workers Compensation Insurance Co. later refused to pay all medical bills on the claim after

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