Bill Text: CA AB1697 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Amended
Bill Title: Workers’ compensation.
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (? 1-0)
Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-20 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (April 19). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. [AB1697 Detail]
April 06, 2017|
|Assembly Bill||No. 1697|
|Introduced by Committee on Insurance (Assembly Members Daly (Chair), Melendez (Vice Chair), Bigelow, Caballero, Calderon, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, and Frazier)|
February 27, 2017
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
Existing law requires every employer except the state to secure the payment of compensation by being insured against liability to pay compensation, as specified, and vests enforcement of those provisions in the Director of Industrial Relations. Existing law authorizes the director to record a certificate of lien in the office of the county recorder in the counties where the employer’s property is possibly located, as specified, if a determination is made that an employer has not secured the payment of compensation as required or is prima facie illegally uninsured. Existing law additionally authorizes the director to determine whether a person is prima facie a parent or substantial shareholder in any claim in which the alleged uninsured employer is a corporation, for purposes of filing certificates of lien and holding those persons jointly and severally liable with the corporation in a
civil action against the corporation. Existing law authorizes a person who is aggrieved by such a finding to request a hearing by filing a written request for hearing with the director. Existing law requires the director to hold that hearing within 20 days of the receipt of the request for hearing. This bill would require the director to hold that hearing within 30 days, rather than 20 days, of the receipt of the request for hearing.
Digest KeyVote: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee:
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1.Section 139.8 is added to the Labor Code, to read:
139.8.The administrative director shall establish an antifraud support unit within the division. The unit shall perform all of the following duties:
(a)In any claim in which the alleged uninsured employer is a corporation, for purposes of filing certificates of lien pursuant to Section 3720, the director may determine, according to the evidence available to him or her, whether a person is prima facie a parent or substantial shareholder, as defined in Section 3717. A finding that a person was prima facie a parent or substantial shareholder shall be made when the director determines that there is sufficient evidence to constitute a prima facie case that the person was a parent or substantial shareholder. (b)Any person aggrieved by a finding of the director that he or she was prima facie a parent or substantial shareholder may request a hearing on the finding by filing a
written request for hearing with the director. The director shall hold a hearing on the matter within 30 days of the receipt of the request for hearing, and shall mail a notice of time and place of hearing to the person requesting hearing at least 10 days prior to the hearing. The hearing officer shall hear and receive evidence, and within 10 days of the hearing, file his or her findings on whether there is sufficient evidence to constitute a prima facie case that the person was a substantial shareholder or parent. The hearing officer shall serve with his or her findings a summary of evidence received and relied upon, and the reasons for the findings. A party may at his or her own expense require that the hearing proceedings be recorded and transcribed. (c)A party aggrieved by the findings of the hearing officer may within 20 days apply for a writ of mandate to the superior court. Venue shall lie in the county in which is located the office of the director which issued the findings after the hearing.