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2018 CAOC Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, January 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Thornton
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CAOC 2018 Legislative Priorities

  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT – We’re backing four bills, with more to come. Extend the statute of limitations to three years for ALL employment harassment and discrimination cases (from the current one year) – AB 1870 (Reyes)
  • Prevent secret settlements in harassment cases – SB 820 (Leyva)
  • Require record retention for 10 years in instances of sexual harassment – AB 1867 (Reyes)
  • Limit use of forced arbitration in harassment cases – (Gonzalez-no bill number yet)
  • DATABASE SCANDALS – We’re going to have several bills to help your clients use the civil courts, boosting protection and accountability in the aftermath of the Equifax breach.
  • GETTING TO TRIAL ON CASES UNDER $250,000 – We’ve formed a committee and are sponsoring legislation to ensure jury trials are accessible for cases under 250K and to speed up trial dates for all cases. (Hertzberg-no bill number yet)
  • MEDI-CAL LIENS – We’ve seen several developments on this front.
  • Former president Bruce Brusvich worked with state health officials to produce a concise roadmap through logjams. https://tinyurl.com/CAOC-Liens
  • CAOC’s Liens Task Force is pressing ahead with efforts to alleviate problems and provide legislative and administrative solutions.
  • HELPING YOUR PRACTICE – We are looking to make improvements on a number of fronts, either through legislation or through working with the Judicial Council.
  • Amending the timing for judge disqualifications under CCP 170.6.
  • Improving the Rule of Court 3.1245 to better deal with separate statements and motions to compel discovery.
  • Limiting new court fees.
  • Adding teeth to the three-day requirement for expert files before depos.
  • Addressing issues around minor’s compromises.
  • HELPING KIDS WHO HAVE SUFFERED CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE – Sen. Beall will be carrying a CAOC sponsored bill to confirm that kids don’t have to give public entities notice under the Government Claims Statute.
  • JUSTICE FOR ASBESTOS VICTIMS – CAOC will continue its efforts in SB 632 (Monning) to ensure fairness for asbestos victims.

And CAOC will continue to oppose all tort reform efforts.  Because of CAOC, not one tort reform bill has passed the Legislature in the past decade!



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