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WCIRB Lowers Mid-Range Estimate of COVID Workers Comp Costs by $10B

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California published estimated costs of allowing state workers to receive benefits for COVID-19 claims without proving virus exposure at work, dropping a prior mid-range estimate by $10 billion. In a report published on …

California Prepares for More Wildfires as Coronavirus Challenges Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has had 60% more wildfires so far in 2020 than last year because of drier weather, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday, and he promised increased funding for firefighting even as the state’s budget faces a …

Tesla, California County Reach Deal to Reopen U.S. Plant Next Week

Tesla Inc. and officials in California have resolved their acrimonious clash over safety procedures at the automaker’s sole U.S. assembly plant with a deal that allows production to resume as early as Monday, county officials said. The county said the …

Language in Emergency Orders Gives Ammo to Plaintiffs in Business-Interruption Suits

Cities and counties across the country may have handed plaintiff’s attorneys an argument to use in lawsuits against insurers that seek business-interruption coverage for losses caused by coronavirus closure orders. Jurisdictions as far asunder as Los Angeles, Calif. and Key …

Work Comp May Need Backstop as Presumptions Push Claim Costs into Billions

An executive order by California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week is the most aggressive yet among the directives issued by 13 states that require workers’ compensation insurers to pay at least some COVID-19 claims. Pressure is growing on workers’ compensation …

California Governor Expands Workers’ Comp Coverage in Virus Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing employees across California’s economy to apply for worker’s compensation if they contract the coronavirus, with a presumption that it was work-related unless employers can prove otherwise. The …

More States Make Plans to Reopen; California Holds Firm

More states in the U.S. South and Midwest signaled readiness on Wednesday to reopen their economies in hopes the worst of the coronavirus pandemic had passed, but California’s governor held firm to sweeping stay-at-home orders and business closures. The patchwork …

Trade Group Seeks Time-Out for Labor Violation Lawsuits in California

A California trade group wants the most populous U.S. state to temporarily block employees from suing employers over labor violations as the cornovirus outbreak fuels layoffs and business closures. The California Business and Industrial Alliance asked Governor Gavin Newsom to …

PG&E to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for Fire

PG&E Corp. agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deadliest wildfire in California history. The bankrupt utility will pay $4 million in fines for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, which was sparked by PG&E …

PG&E Glides Toward Bankruptcy Exit Now That State Is Focused on Virus

The deepening coronavirus crisis has shifted nearly all attention away from what had been one of California’s most pressing issues: the fate of embattled utility PG&E Corp. Now, the company is quietly edging closer to exiting the largest utility bankruptcy …