California’s Governor Signs Bill Under Radar

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California’s Governor Signs Bill

The California Governor signs workers comp bill quietly.  California has a great system for finding out if the contractor you are about to hire has Workers Compensation insurance

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 You can also find out whether or not your potential contractor has been suspended from the Contractors State License Board for some reason. I am sure there are other states that have something similar, but this one seems to be the model of how it should look and operate.

 
The existing statute was renewed very recently. With Governor Schwarzenegger vetoing so many Workers Comp bills, I wanted to include one that showed a successful program that will be renewed.
 

Yes, it is California only again. However, what happens in CA will happen in the rest of the country in the next few years.

 
Gavel Lying Governor Signs Bill In Front Of Judge
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(1) Existing law requires private employers to secure the payment of compensation by obtaining and maintaining workers’ compensation insurance or to self-insure as an individual employer or as one employer in a group of employers. The Contractors’ State License Law requires every

licensed contractor to have on file at all times with the Contractors’ State License Board a current and valid Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Certification of Self-Insurance, or a statement certifying that he or she has no employees and is not required to obtain or maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Existing law, until January 1, 2011, requires a contractor with a C-39 roofing classification to obtain and maintain

workers’ compensation insurance even if he or she has no employees. Failure to comply with this requirement results in the automatic suspension of the license. However, with respect to a license that was active on January 1, 2007, and included a C-39 roofing classification, existing law, until January 1, 2011, requires the registrar of contractors, in lieu of suspending the license,

Woman Working Governor Signs Bill In Court
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to remove the C-39 roofing classification from the license if the contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. This bill would extend the operation of those provisions until January 1, 2013, with respect to a license that is active on January 1, 2011, with a C-39 roofing classification. The bill would require the suspension of any license that, after January 1, 2011, is active and has had the C-39 roofing classification removed, if the licensee is found by the registrar of contractors to have employees and to lack a valid Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Certification of Self-Insurance.

 
(2) Existing law requires an insurer who issues a workers’ compensation insurance policy to a roofing contractor holding a C-39 license from the Contractors’ State License Board to perform an annual payroll audit for the contractor. Existing law requires the Insurance Commissioner to direct the rating organization designated as his or her statistical agent to compile pertinent statistical data on those holding C-39 licenses on an annual basis and to provide a report to the commissioner each year. Existing law provides that these provisions are inoperative and repealed on January 1, 2011.
 
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