New laws are taking effect in 2014 that will directly affect California employers. From minimum wage to discrimination and immigrant protections, California employers have a lot to catch up on! Some of these important changes will affect Workers’ Compensation. Let’s take a look at some of the bills impacting Workers’ Compensation in 2014.
AB 1309. This bill limits CA workers’ compensation access for athletes working for out-of-state sports teams. Players will now have to prove that they worked at least 2 years or 20% of their athletic careers in California before they can bring claims for sports traumas such as brain injuries or arthritis.
SB 146. This bill allows an employer to request a copy of a prescription when reviewing records of dispensed prescriptions from a pharmacy. Also, individuals who submit a pharmacy bill and are denied payment because they didn’t submit a copy of the original prescription now have until March 31, 2014 to resubmit their bills.
AB 607. This bill allows the dependent children of a deceased employee to receive workers’ compensation death benefits regardless of whether a surviving spouse is also dependent.
SB 809. This bill is intended to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs. New fees will be imposed on those who access CURES, a prescription drug monitoring program, in order to beef up the system and give health providers better access to a patient’s controlled substance history.
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