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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Labor Day weekend is here. For many it is a time to mark the waning of summer, as kids go back to school, vacations end, and fall season traditions will shortly begin. But the Labor Day holiday actually has meaning, arising out of hard-fought labor union struggles in the late 1800s. One wonders what those

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Things move fast as the legislative session comes to a close. As of earlier today, however, 2 important bills on worker safety were pending, AB 1634 and AB 1897. The workers’ compensation community should have a great interest in legislation that promotes safe working practices. AB 1634 (sponsored by Assembly members Ammiano, Skinner, Bonta, Gonzalez, Quirk,

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