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Appropriations Committee Schedules Hearing on E-Signature Bill

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee scheduled a Wednesday hearing for a bill that would allow electronic signatures in proceedings before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. AB 2337 by Assemblymember Diane Dixon R-Newport Beach would define signature to include electronic

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Committee Passes Bill to Expand 4850 Eligibility

A California Senate Committee last week passed a bill that would extend full-pay salary continuation benefits to injured county park rangers and housing authority officers outside of Los Angeles. The Senate Committee on Labor Public Employment and Retirement on Wednesday voted 5-0 to pass SB

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School Worker COVID Bill Clears First Hurdle

A committee in the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would direct schools to continue paying those who are excluded from the workplace due to COVID-19. The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment on Wednesday voted 6-0 to pass AB 3106 by Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo D

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Committee Passes Bill to Revise Poster Requirements

A California legislative committee passed a bill that would require notifying workers of their right to consult an attorney. The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted 15-0 to pass AB 1870 by Assemblymember Liz Ortega D-San Leandro which would update what is to be included on

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WCIRB Approves Recommendation for 0.9% Rate Increase

discussed potential drivers of the increase in allocated loss adjustment expenses including more involvement of Los Angeles attorneys in other parts of the state and attorneys being more active in seeking out cumulative trauma claims. WCIRB President and CEO Bill Mudge concurred. Applicants

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Committee Passes TD Expansion, Ag Worker Protection Bills

lobbyist for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association said in opposition to the bill that the definition of heat injury references conditions that develop or manifest during the pay period that a person worked outdoors. Some ag workers are paid every week but others are paid every other week

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Senate Committee Hears Comp Bills Today

medical treatment or when a treatment denial is successfully appealed. Senate Bill 1346 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo D-Los Angeles resurrects an idea from last year to provide injured workers with temporary disability benefits if independent medical review overturns the utilization review denial of a

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Insurance Committee Passes Signature, Poster Bills

committee on Wednesday also passed a bill that would give fraud investigators at the Department of Insurance a 20 raise to align their pay with investigators at the Justice Department. Assembly Bill 2337 by Diane Dixon R-Newport Beach would authorize the use of electronic signatures on compromise and

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Amendments Limit COVID Bill to School Workers, Revise Poster Requirements

A bill proposing to require employers to ensure that workers who test positive for COVID-19 are excluded from the workplace was amended to apply only to California school employees. At the same time a bill requiring that mandatory workplace posters notify workers of the right to consult an

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Amended Bill Would Tap Revolving Fund to Pay for Heat Injury Presumption

A one-time transfer of 5 million from the Workers Compensation Administration Revolving Fund would be used to establish an account to cover administrative costs associated with a proposed heat injury presumption for California farmworkers under a recently amended bill. Sen. Dave Cortese D

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