Governor Newsom has vetoed his first workers’ comp bill, AB 346 (Cooper). AB 346 would have expanded fully paid leaves of absence due to occupational injury to police officers employed by a school district, community college or county office of education. They would have been eligible for up to a year of Labor Code 4850

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Governor Newsom has now signed SB 542, a bill which creates a rebuttable presumption that firefighters and certain peace officers diagnosed with PTSD have incurred an industrial injury. The billed sailed through the California legislature, receiving a 33-3 vote in the California Senate and then a September 10 77-0 vote in the California Assembly. Opposition

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Many people are counting the days. To the next election. To the December holidays. To vacations. To retirement. But in California workers’ comp we often count days for other things. For things like QME requests. And for UR validity. The Labor Code and California regulations require utilization review to be undertaken within certain timeframes. For

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Governor Newsom has already signed several 2019 bills that will impact California workers’ comp, and a raft of other bills await his attention. But now seems a good time to take stock of what did not make the grade this legislative session. Here’s a quick list for the workers’ comp junkies out there: • AB

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Readers closely following the debate over AB5 may wish to check out a piece  by Carolyn Said in today’s San Francisco Chronicle,  “Uber bids to exempt drivers”: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Uber-circulates-new-gig-work-bill-as-alternative-14426247.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result# The article notes that the Chronicle obtained a 19-page bill that was apparently drafted by a state legislative counsel at the request of an un-named legislator. Uber

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