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Gender Equity Analysis Bill Lands on Suspense File

04/26/2023
bill would require the DWC to contract with the University of California Berkeley to examine differences in work comp benefits provided to employees of different genders. The study would be due by Jan. 1 2025. Generally speaking bills with 150000 or more in projected costs from a special fund

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Senate Labor Committee Passes UR Duty of Care, Value-Based Payment Study Bills

04/24/2023
The California Senates labor committee passed bills that would require that utilization review physicians are licensed in the state and have the same duty of care as treating physicians as well as a measure calling for a study into the viability of linking workers compensation health care

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Fiscal Committee Passes Skin Cancer Presumption, Debit Card Bills

04/21/2023
A California Assembly committee passed bills that would give certain San Diego city workers a presumption that skin cancer is compensable and allow carriers to continue using debit cards to pay indemnity benefits. The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted 14-0 Wednesday to pass AB 489 and AB

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Senate Committee Approves PTSD Expansion, System Study

04/17/2023
The Senate Committee on Labor Public Employment and Retirement unanimously passed bills that would expand the post-traumatic stress disorder presumption and require a study into whether Californias workers compensation system treats men and women differently. The committee on Wednesday voted

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Amendments Add Duty of Care Term to UR Bill, Sunset Date for Treatment Dispute Measure

04/12/2023
California lawmakers recently amended bills to add a duty of care requirement to a measure addressing utilization review requirements and a sunset clause in another bill would exclude time spent successfully disputing a medical treatment denial from the aggregate cap on temporary disability

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Nurses Association Starts Push for Latest Presumption Bill

04/05/2023
been introducing bills to create presumptions for hospital workers since at least 2011. The most recent attempt died in the Senate last year. In 2014 lawmakers got a nurse presumption bill to the desk of then-Gov. Jerry Brown who vetoed it. Brown said in his veto message that he was not inclined

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Gig Workers, Employers Assert Potentially Viable Equal Protection Challenge to AB 5

03/31/2023
Unemployment Insurance Codes. AB 5 exempted a broad swath of workers from the presumption of employee status though and within a year of its enactment two more bills passed to add more categories of workers as exempt. Two app-based ride-hailing and delivery services Uber Inc. and Postmates Inc

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Comp Bills Set for April 12 Hearings

03/31/2023
California lawmakers will hear testimony regarding a proposal to request an investigation into whether the workers compensation system provides me

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Former PEO Manager Escapes Restitution Order, Gets Remand for Resentencing

03/08/2023
victims outweighed the mitigating factor that Gaspar didnt have a criminal record. The appeals court noted that the Attorney General agreed that remand was appropriate because both of the bills enacted in 2021 apply retroactively to Gaspars nonfinal case. To read the courts decision in People v

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Comp Bills on Agenda for March 22 Hearing

03/07/2023
The California Assembly Insurance Committee is scheduled to hear testimony March 22 on bills that would allow work comp carriers to continue paying benefits with prepaid debit cards and add San Diego boat safety officers to the list of first responders eligible for a presumption that certain

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