In a move sure to please many worker advocates, Governor Brown has signed AB 1897 (Hernandez). This bill provides that many employers who hire labor contractors will be liable for the sins of those labor contractors where there are wage claims or failure to secure valid workers’ comp coverage. Specifically, the bill provides that A

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In the next few days Governor Brown will probably act on two bills of great interest to the workers’ comp community. According to an Assembly floor analysis, AB 2616 (Skinner) would  “extend to certain hospital employees who provide direct patient care the presumption that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are presumed to be job related.”

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Governor Brown has vetoed AB 2271 (D-Ian Calderon). That’s unfortunate, because unemployed people need all the help they can get. Some unemployed persons find themselves at a disadvantage in the interviewing and hiring process if they aren’t employed. In some instances employers are mostly, or even exclusively interested, in looking at workers who have a

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In the next week we’ll probably see Governor Brown act on a handful of pro-worker bills of interest to the workers comp community. But in terms of sheer impact, the sick leave bill that Brown recently signed is probably the most important achievement for workers this year. The bill, AB 1522, called the Healthy Workplaces,

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California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has now adopted a final version of Medical Provider Network (MPN) regulations. Worker protections have been watered down. These regulations are a shadow of what they should be. These regs, required by changes in the law under SB 863, went through multiple revisions. After a 3rd 15 day comment period,

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