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California eases workers' compensation rules on PTSD

First responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders have been given new rights regarding workers' compensation benefits in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 542, which creates a rebuttable presumption that a first responder's PTSD or similar mental health disorder is job-related.

California moves to protect gig workers, Uber and Lyft resist

The state of California wants to change the way "gig" workers are regarded. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a law that could require many companies to classify more workers as employees instead of independent contractors. However, the law is largely designed to affect companies like Lyft and Uber.

Could a 'blind zone' put you at risk on a roadside work site?

Working construction is dangerous -- but working roadside construction can seem doubly so. Not only do you have to worry about the ordinary hazards of a construction job -- like cave-ins and falling equipment -- but you have to worry about all the passing motorists moving around the site.

Here's why it's smart to hire a workers' compensation attorney

If you were injured on the job, it seems like you should be able to get through the workers' compensation system without having to hire an attorney -- but looks, as you probably know -- can often be deceiving.

Medical costs for workers' compensation drops in California

Insurance companies who cover workers' compensation medical claims in California have reduced their costs yet again -- but that's not necessarily a good thing for the injured workers the system is supposed to serve.

Can immigrants get workers' compensation in California?

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers are part of the backbone of California's economy -- and many of those workers are immigrants. While many states (about half) don't provide workers' compensation protection for seasonal agricultural workers, California does -- even to immigrants.

California's first responders seek compensation for mental trauma

Police officers, firefighters and other first responders are often confronted with terrifying situations and horrifying scenes involving injured people. Ultimately, exposure to that kind of trauma can have a negative psychological effect on first responders that leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions like anxiety and depression.

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