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Committee Passes Contractor Comp Bill

A policy committee of the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would require contractors to disclose the classification codes endorsed on their workers compensation policies. Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes The Assembly Business and Professions Committee voted 18-0 on

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

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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Hearing Set for Bill to Exclude TD Duration for Overturned Treatment Denial

California lawmakers are scheduled later this month to hear testimony on a measure that would exclude from the cap on benefit duration the amount of time spent waiting for a treatment denial to be overturned. Assemblymember Liz Ortega Assembly Bill 1213 was added to the agenda for the

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Nurses Association Starts Push for Latest Presumption Bill

The California Nurses Association is starting the push for the latest bill in a long-running effort to establish a presumption of compensability for certain injuries suffered by nurses and other health care workers. Assemblymember Mia Bonta D-Oakland introduced AB 1156 which would presume

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

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs challenging the enforcement of California Assembly Bill 5 plausibly alleged that the legislation violated principles of equal protection and that they should have been allowed to proceed with their claim. In 2018 the

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Comp Bills Set for April 12 Hearings

and psychiatric technicians. The Assembly Insurance Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on AB 1145 during a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. April 12. The bill by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein D-San Diego would add a new Labor Code Section 3212.16 creating a PTSD presumption for state

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Court Rejects Argument That Prop. 22 Usurps Authority to Create Comp Laws

Castellanos v. State of California said the unconstitutional provisions can be severed from the rest of the initiative leaving other provisions from Prop. 22 in place. Proposition 22 was the ride-hailing industrys response after lawmakers refused its requests to exempt its drivers from Assembly Bill 5

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Former PEO Manager Escapes Restitution Order, Gets Remand for Resentencing

remanded for resentencing in consideration of the changes made by Senate Bill 567 and Assembly Bill 124. AB 124 requires a court to find aggravating circumstances before imposing a sentence harsher than the minimum allowed under the law if specified traumas are a contributing factor to the offense

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Comp Bills on Agenda for March 22 Hearing

carriers to use debit cards to pay indemnity benefits. Lawmakers in 2018 created what was originally characterized as a pilot project to test the feasibility of using debit cards to pay comp benefits. The 2018 bill required workers to be able to withdraw the entire balance on the card without incurring

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Lawmakers Seek System Studies, More Presumptions

would be presumed to arise out of employment for hospital workers. Sen. Melissa Hurtado D-Bakersfield on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 697 requesting that the Division of Workers Compensation conduct a value of care review. The bill would require the DWC to study the viability of linking

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