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California: Various changes to the state’s Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health laws go into effect

January 1, 2019

On September 19, 2018, Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 2334. The new law makes the following changes to the state’s Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health laws:

  • It removes restrictions on the use by the Office of Self-Insurance Plans of the Department of Industrial Relations of individually identifiable information as necessary to carry out its duties.
  • It authorizes the director of Industrial Relations to publish information regarding the costs of administration, workers’ compensation benefit expenditures, and solvency and performance of public self-insured employers’ workers’ compensation programs.
  • It clarifies the definition of an “occurrence” under the state’s Health and Safety Code for purposes of it six (6) month statute of limitation to continue to publish information regarding the costs of administration, workers’ compensation benefit expenditures, and solvency and performance of public self-insured employers’ workers’ compensation programs.
  • It requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to monitor the rulemaking and implementation of the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule with respect to the electronic submission of workplace injury and illness data. It also requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to convene an advisory committee within 120 days when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration eliminates or substantially diminishes federal submission requirements to evaluate how to implement changes necessary to protect the goals of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule.

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January 1, 2019
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