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California COVID Presumption Law Creates New Data Tracking Burdens

A California law enacted last month that eases the path to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19 will require an unprecedented level of documentation and communication between claims managers and employers. “I have joked that this should be …

Calif. Employers Still Guessing If Comp Reforms Can Withstand New Governor

ANAHEIM, California — Seven months into the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom, employers in solid-blue California are still waiting to see how well the workers’ compensation reforms championed by his predecessor will fare under new leadership. So far, so good, …

After Blazes Burn PG&E, California Passes Utility Fire Fund

California is establishing a fund totaling as much as $21 billion to help rescue utilities from a wildfire crisis that has in the past two years burned thousands of homes, left more than 120 people dead and led to the …

California to Require Background Checks for Ammo Purchases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it …

California Lawmakers Eyeing Catastrophic Wildfire Fund

Creation of a catastrophic wildfire risk pool is emerging as the most likely option as California lawmakers seek to protect the solvency of investor-owned utilities from record payouts for fire damages. PG&E filed for a bankruptcy reorganization this year, saying …

Youth Martial Art Sparks Safety Concerns in California

A bill moving through the Legislature would authorize the state athletic commission to establish regulations for youth competitions involving the martial art called pankration. AB1186 was introduced by Democratic state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord after she watched an Internet …

California Legislature to Renew Debate Over Rural Fire Fee

An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it. The fee was imposed for the …