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California Governor Signs Heat Safety, Insurance Fraud Education Bills



California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed legislation creating an advisory committee to study the effects of extreme heat on workers and requiring agents and brokers to undergo training on how to spot insurance fraud.

SB 1242 requires mandatory training that agents and brokers must complete in order to obtain or renew a license. This includes at least one hour of study on insurance fraud. It also requires agents and brokers to report suspected fraudulent applications for coverage to the Department of Insurance and to report to the insurer suspected fraud on an active policy.

The study group’s final report must be submitted on 1 January 2026.

AB 1643 creates a study group to analyze the effects of high heat on workers, companies and the state̵

7;s economy. The group will be responsible for addressing issues including the amount of time lost from work due to heat, the frequency of occupational injuries at different temperatures and the under-reporting of heat illnesses and injuries covered by workers’ compensation.

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