In continuing news:

A gender equality bill targeting California workers’ compensation laws, which use gender-based factors to determine permanent disability benefits, has generated concern among the employer/carrier community in that state. California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego) introduced A.B. 1643, which would prohibit the apportionment of permanent disability benefits due to pregnancy, menopause, osteoporosis or carpel tunnel syndrome for physical or psychiatric injuries occurring on or after January 1st, 2017. The legislation appears to follow a class action lawsuit that was recently filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. The suit alleges that injured female workers are subject to discriminatory apportionment determinations due to the state’s use of the fifth edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

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