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.


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 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.


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.


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.

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How Is My Work Injury Case Resolved or Settled?

How Is My Work Injury Case Resolved or Settled?  Your work injury case is resolved when there is an agreement between you and the claims administrator or a judge issues an order about your workers’ compensation payments and future medical care that will be provided to you. In order to protect your rights, whether or not you are represented by an attorney, settlements must be reviewed by a workers’ compensation administrative law judge, to determine whether they are adequate.  work injury case resolved settled

My Work Injury Case Is Being Resolved or Settled.  What types of settlements are there?

There are two different ways to settle your case:  work injury case resolved settled

  • Stipulations with Request for Award (stips)
    • Payments – You and the claims administrator agree on the amount of temporary or permanent disability payments you will receive. This is usually paid in weekly payments
    • Medical care – The claims administrator usually agrees to pay for medical care if needed.
  • Compromise and Release (C&R)
    • One payment – The claims administrator agrees on an amount to resolve your claim. This is usually paid in a lump sum
    • Medical care – If the lump sum includes the estimated cost of future medical care, the claims administrator will no longer pay your doctor. This becomes your responsibility.

What if my case doesn’t settle?  work injury case resolved settled

If you and the claims administrator are unable to agree on a settlement, your dispute will need to be decided by a workers’ compensation judge.

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Attorney Nikki Jacobson is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Why is that important?  The more complicated your case, the more important it is to consult a certified specialist.

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What does it mean when an attorney is a Workers’ Compensation Specialist?  Workers Comp Specialist Lawyer

A Certified Specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law.   The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization certifies specialists in several areas of law, including Workers’ Compensation.  A California attorney who is certified by the State Bar as a Workers’ Compensation Law specialist must have:

  • Taken and passed a written examination in Workers’ Compensation Law;
  • Demonstrated a high level of experience in Workers’ Compensation Law;
  • Fulfilled ongoing education requirements;
  • Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with her or his work.

Why does the California State Bar certify legal specialists? Workers Comp Specialist Lawyer

  • To help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law;
  • To encourage the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.
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What can a Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization do for you?  Workers Comp Specialist Lawyer

Workers’ Compensation is a very complicated system and your legal representation is important.   A Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization can:

  • Explain rights, benefits and obligations under the law;
  • Coordinate and advocate for proper medical care for the injured worker;
  • Choose qualified doctors to evaluate the injured worker’s medical condition;
  • Assist in returning the injured worker to work or with vocational rehabilitation;
  • Advise what defenses may be available;
  • Provide quality representation before the WCAB backed by experience, tested knowledge and reputation in the legal community;
  • Review a case for additional rights.

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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
Bank of America
Becker’s School Supplies
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.
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
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
UPS – United Parcel Service, Inc.
Vail Resorts Management Company
Valdosta City Schools
Vantiv, Inc.
Visa Inc.
Vitas Hospice Services LLC
Western Asset Management Co.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Zale Corporation

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