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Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End

A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …

Drought Emergency Proclaimed by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday proclaimed a state of emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. “We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible …

Interesting but Quiet Year for California Lawmakers on Workers’ Comp

After the behemoth workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012, state lawmakers this year enacted only a handful of measures that may affect or relate to workers’ compensation. Bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown included laws on pharmaceutical compounding, preventing …

California Governor Vetoes Sex Abuse Lawsuit Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Saturday that would have allowed some lawsuits  victims who are now barred by the statute of limitations to file lawsuits against private institutions that employed their abusers. Brown said he vetoed the bill because it …

New California Law Limits Workers’ Comp For Pro Athletes

Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers’ compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. AB1309 will close a legal loophole that has let …

Yosemite Fire Draws State of Emergency Call in California

The fire in California’s Yosemite National Park is threatening an increased number of structures and it A state of emergency declaration has been issued from Gov. Jerry Brown for the San Francisco area due to the potential effect on its …

Carriers ‘Uncertain’ About California Workers’ Comp Reform

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to look at California’s workers’ compensation reform law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.   Insurance carriers, along with the many stakeholders who are watching and waiting as California’s …

Employers Hopeful for California Workers’ Comp Reform

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles to look at California’s workers’ compensation reform law in detail and what must be done to implement that law by Jan. 1, 2013.   Looking forward employers seem to …

Calif.’s Brown Record ‘Solid’ on Insurance Legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown saw over a dozen bills related in some way to insurance come across his desk, with a bill to approve driverless cars, a bill to overhaul California’s workers’ compensation system among them. He’s signed or vetoed most …

Calif. Governor Green Lights Driverless Cars

California took the fast lane to the future on Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that lets self-driving cars onto public roads. Brown rode to the signing ceremony at Google Inc. headquarters in the passenger seat of a …