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CIGA and UR Study Bills Passed; COVID Presumption Gets Minor Amendment

08/03/2022
Lawmakers used procedural rules to pass bills that would modify the bond process for the California Insurance Guarantee Association and extend the deadline for an analysis of exempting some procedures from prospective utilization review. At the same time legislation that would extend for

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COVID-19 Presumption Measure Scheduled for Aug. 8 Hearing

07/29/2022
Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on SB 1127 on Aug. 3. The California Legislature was in recess for most of July and will reconvene Aug. 1. Fiscal committees have until Aug. 12 to pass bills and lawmakers have until Aug. 25 to introduce amendments. The Legislature

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CWCI Study Questions Efficacy of Narrowing Window for Liability Decisions

07/22/2022
. 1. Fiscal committees have until Aug. 12 to pass bills and lawmakers have until Aug. 25 to introduce amendments. The Legislature will adjourn Aug. 31. The CWCI analysis is available for free to members and the public under the research tab of its website here.

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Report: Attorney Accuses Fresno Defense Firm of Sexual Harassment

07/19/2022
Yrulegui a partner and shareholder at work comp defense firm Yrulegui & Roberts provided co-workers with dollar bills to tip dancers at City Lights Night Club. The lawsuit additionally claims Yrulegui paid for lap dances for employees and made gestures mimicking oral sex to strippers working in the club

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Committees Pass COVID Presumption, Fraud Investigation Bills

07/01/2022
Policy committees in the California Senate passed bills that would extend COVID-19 presumptions and review the process for carriers prosecutors and regulators to work together to fight workers compensation fraud. Assemblyman Tom Daly The Senate Committee on Labor Public Employment and

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CFO of Company Tied to Pacific Hospital Kickback Scheme Sentenced to 15 Months

06/28/2022
directly profit from the kickbacks. Overall the U.S. Attorneys Office said the scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach resulted in the submission of more than 500 million in bills for kickback-tainted surgeries. A federal judge however in 2019 refused to award restitution to any carriers saying

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New Copy Service Fee Schedule Takes Effect July 15

06/22/2022
The California Division of Workers Compensation announced that a new copy service fee schedule raising the flat-rate payment to 230 from 180 takes effect July 15. The new fee schedule also includes a requirement that bills are paid or contested within 30 days of receipt. The unpaid portion

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Assembly Insurance Committee Hearing Comp Bills Wednesday

06/21/2022
California lawmakers will hear testimony on a half-dozen workers compensation bills Wednesday including measures that would reduce the time employers have to decide liability on certain presumptive claims filed by first responders create presumptions for hospital workers and require that

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Committees Pass Bills Addressing Coverage Rules for Contractors

06/16/2022
A California Assembly committee passed bills that would mandate comp coverage for pest control contractors and expand license classifications required to file a certificate of coverage with the Contractors State License Board. At the same time a Senate committee passed a bill that would

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Committee Passes Debit Card Payment, COVID-19 Exposure Notice Bills

06/10/2022
A California Senate committee passed bills introduced in the Assembly that would extend authorization to use debit cards to deliver benefits to injured workers and extend employers obligations to notify workers of potential exposure to COVID-19. The Senate Labor Public Employment and

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