New Workers Comp Laws In California

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Governor Jerry Brown had until September 30, 2018 to sign or veto any bill passed by the California Legislature. Governor Brown signed the following workers’ comp-related bills signed into law:

PEACE OFFICERS: Assembly Bill 1749

This bill provides that a California employer may accept liability for an injury sustained by a peace officer not acting under the immediate direction of his or her employer while apprehending suspected law violators, protecting life or property, or preserving the peace outside of California. This bill specifically includes any claims for injuries sustained by peace officers during the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev. if the employer determines providing compensation serves public purposes.

FRAUD ASSESSMENT COMMISSION FUNDS: Assembly Bill 2046

This bill authorizes, instead of requires, Fraud Assessment Commission funds appropriated but not expended in the fiscal year that have not been allocated to the district attorneys, to be applied to satisfy the immediately following fiscal year minimum total amount required or to augment funding in the immediately following fiscal year.

The bill also requires an authorized government agency that is provided with workers’ comp insurance fraud-related information to release or provide that information to an authorized government agency, upon request, unless it would violate federal law or otherwise compromise an investigation. The bill also requires an authorized government agency that seeks to disclose information obtained from the Employment Development Department to any other governmental agency that is not authorized to receive that information to obtain EDD approval prior to disclosure.

LICENSED CONTRACTORS: Assembly Bill 2705

Licensed contractors are required to have a current and valid Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Certification of Self-Insurance on file with the Contractors’ State License Board and violation of this law is a misdemeanor that must be prosecuted within 2 years. This bill makes it a misdemeanor violation for an unlicensed contractor to fail to comply with workers’ compensation insurance requirements and makes that violation subject to the two-year statute of limitations.

DISABILITY INDEMNITY PAYMENTS: Senate Bill 880

This bill authorizes an employer, with the written consent of the employee, to deposit disability indemnity payments for the employee in a prepaid card account until Jan. 1, 2023. The bill imposes certain conditions, such as allowing the employee reasonable access to in network ATMs and allowing for withdrawal and purchases without incurring fees. The bill also requires employers to provide aggregated data on their prepaid account programs to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation upon request and requires CHSWC to issue a report to the Legislature on or before Dec. 1, 2022 regarding payments made to those prepaid card accounts.

PEACE OFFICERS & ACTIVE FIREFIGHTING MEMBERS: Senate Bill 1086

With respect to peace officers and active firefighting members, existing law extends the time period for commencing workers’ comp proceedings to collect death benefits from 240 weeks from the date of injury to no later than 420 weeks from the date of injury, not to exceed one year after the date of death. Pursuant to existing law, this extension of time pertains to injuries, including but not limited to cancer, tuberculosis, or blood-borne infectious diseases and is only operative until January 1, 2019. This bill removes the Jan. 1, 2019 date of repeal.

Los Angeles Immigration Seminar April 19, 2017

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Immigration Seminar (MCLE) Presented By
Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Nikki Jacobson

The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is pleased to present an informative and timely Immigration Seminar (MCLE) :  President Trump’s Executive Orders: Immigration Analysis & Practice Pointers  by experienced and award winning Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Nikki Jacobson.  This program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 19, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln University, 3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1430, Los Angeles, California 90010.  Advanced registration is recommended.  For further information, Attorney Nikki Jacobson may be contacted at seminars@nikkijacobson.com.

Immigration Program by Los Angeles Immigration Attorney

Recent Executive Orders dealing with immigration law and procedures have caused confusion, protests, and litigation.  In this seminar, Immigration Attorney Nikki Jacobson will explain best practices for legal teams that assist those individuals who have been affected by the travel ban and other obstacles foreign nationals and U.S. Permanent Residents have, and will continue, to face. Ms. Jacobson will also discuss the status of the executive orders and court-related actions that can further change an immigration attorney or paralegals practices.

Immigration Topics to be Covered by Los Angeles Immigration Attorney

The following topics and many more will be covered by Immigration Attorney Nikki Jacobson:

  • Everyone Has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter Who Is President: Everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution—everyone, including people who are undocumented.
  • What to Do When Encountering Law Enforcement
  • Immigration Raids and How Immigration Attorneys Can Assist Clients
  • Know Your Rights at Home and at Work
  • Know Your Rights in California
  • What to Do if You Are Arrested or Detained by Immigration
  • What to Do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S.
  • Immigration Detention and Removal
  • Immigrant Protests: What Every Immigrant Should Know When Participating in Demonstrations

Immigration Ban Chronology as of April 3, 2017

  • January 27 — President signs executive order. Trump issues the executive order banning entry for 90 days by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order also indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.
  • January 28 — Mass protests start at airports nationwide in opposition of the travel ban
  • January 28 — Judge in New York temporarily blocks part of order. US Judge Ann M. Donnelly held that the petitioners had a “strong likelihood of success” in establishing that their removal “violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
  • January 29 — Judge in Massachusetts also issues a temporary restraining order. A federal judge in Massachusetts blocked a part of the order in a case brought by lawyers for two lawful permanent residents who are college professors. That order went a step further ordering that the government could not “detain or remove” those who arrived legally from the seven countries subject to Trump’s order.
  • January 29 — President vigorously defends order: “This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” the President wrote in a statement.
  • January 30 — Former President Barack Obama criticizes order.
  • January 30 — Senate Republicans block attempt by Democrats to reverse order.
  • January 30 — President fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
  • January 31 –The New Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, defends immigration order:  I think we were in pretty good shape on how it was implemented by the workforce.”
  • February 2 — Trump administration eases travel ban restrictions for green card holders: US legal permanent residents from the seven countries would be again allowed to take part in the Global Entry program. The program allows for expedited border clearance for travelers deemed to be low-risk.
  • February 3 — Federal Judge in Boston declines to renew the temporary restraining order which was set to expire on February 5.
  • February 3 — Federal judge temporarily halts key provisions of order: US District Court Judge James Robart blocked the ban nationwide. He ruled that the states that filed the lawsuit “have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the executive order.”
  • February 5 — Government’s request to resume the ban is denied.
  • February 7 — Arguments presented in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • February 9 — Travel ban remains blocked: A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled against reinstating the travel ban.  Immediately after the appeals court ruling, the Trump administration said it wouldn’t immediately appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
  • February 13 — Federal District Court Judge in Seattle denies the government’s request to delay travel ban lawsuit and thus the challenge to the ban by Washington and Minnesota could proceed in front of Judge Robart.
  • February 16 — President Trump promises new immigration order.
  • March 6 — New travel ban unveiled: The new travel ban  excluded Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were temporarily blocked. The ban, which was set to take effect on March 16, barred foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.
  • March 7 — Hawaii immediately files lawsuit: The lawsuit asked a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of the new executive order.
  • March 15 — Travel ban blocked again. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii blocked the President’s new travel ban hours before it was set to begin. The temporary restraining order applied nationwide.
  • March 16 — US District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland specifically blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of the six Muslim majority countries. Chuang and Watson both cited Trump’s statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign as part of their rulings.
  • March 29 — Ruling extended. A federal judge in Hawaii grants the state’s request for a longer term halt of the revised travel ban executive order. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked the core provisions of the revised executive order two weeks ago, concluding that the order likely violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution by disfavoring Muslims.

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Clients

Attorney Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson has represented individual clients in immigration (visa) and workers’ compensation (work injury) matters employed at a variety of companies in California, the United States and through out the world.

Below is a partial list of the employers:

ADP Total Source, Inc.
AGBT – American Express Global Business Travel
Alliance for Sustainable Energy
American Express
American Family Insurance
Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC
Avera
Bank of America
Barclays
Becker’s School Supplies
BlackRock
Blue Coat Systems Inc.
Boston Scientific Corporation
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Broadcom Corporation
Callaway Golf
Career Education Corporation
Carle Foundation Hospital
Catalina Marketing Corporation
Cedar Sinai Medical Center
Center Light Health System
Cerner Corporation
Chapman University
CIT Group Inc.
City of Coral Gables
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Concentric Rockford Inc.
Credit Suisse
Data Card Corporation
Dealertrack Technologies, Inc.
Deloitte LLP
Enovation Controls
Ernst & Young LLP
Everest Reinsurance Company
Gander Mountain
Golub Corporation D/B/A “Price Chopper”
Health Net Inc.
Houston Methodist
Humana Inc.
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Hyatt
Jack Henry & Associates
John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA)
JPMorgan Chase
Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc.
Lakeside Union School District
Latham & Watkins LLP
Laureate Education, Inc.
Legal Resources
Leggett & Platt
Levi Strauss & Company
Luther Holding Company DBA Luther Automotive
Madison Square Garden
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Meridian Health System
Merrill Communications, LLC
MITRE Corporation
Morgan Stanley
NCCI Holdings, Inc.
NetApp, Inc.
Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network
Northrop Grumman Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation
NYU Hospitals
Office Depot
Palomar Health
Presence Health
Prudential Insurance Company
Purdue University
Raytheon Company
Recall Corporation
Regus Management Group LLC
Sage Colleges
Scripps Health
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.
SHPS, Inc.
Southern Research Institute
Southwest Research Institute
Sprint
St. Catherine University
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Staples, Inc.
State of Georgia
State Street
Synopsys, Inc.
The Knot
Tufts University
U-Haul International
United Nations Staff Union
United Rentals, Inc.
United Technologies Corporation Aerostructures Division
University of North Florida
UPMC
UPS – United Parcel Service, Inc.
Vail Resorts Management Company
Valdosta City Schools
Vanguard
Vantiv, Inc.
Visa Inc.
Vitas Hospice Services LLC
Western Asset Management Co.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Zale Corporation

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