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AB 878 (Berryhill): This bill would require that workers' compensation insurers report to the CSLB a contractor whose workers' compensation insurance policy is canceled by the insurer if all of the following conditions are met: a) the insurer has completed a premium audit or investigation; b) a material misrepresentation has been made by the policyholder that results in financial harm to the insurer, and c) no reimbursement has been paid by the insured to the insurer. This bill would also require that the information provided above must be confidential and exempt from the California Public Records Act. Lastly, the bill would establish willful or deliberate disregard and violation of workers' compensation insurance laws as a cause for disciplinary action.
AB 878 passed the committee with a vote of 6-0.
AB 1168 (Pan): This bill would require the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation to adopt, after public hearings, a fee schedule that establishes reasonable maximum fees paid for services provided by vocational experts, including, but not limited to, vocational evaluations and expert testimony determined to be admissible by the appeals board. This bill would also prohibit a vocational expert from being paid, and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) from allowing, fees in excess of those set in the fee schedule.
AB 1168 passed the committee with a vote of 6-0.