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Observers Caution Against Certain WCAB Rule Changes for 2020

By Tonika Reed (Reporter)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 2439 | 2 | 47 min read

The California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board ushered in the new year by adopting a comprehensive rewrite of its procedural rules, despite objections from some observers who said the revisions could cause confusion or drive up system costs — and might exceed statutory authority. The WCAB, in announcing the proposed rule changes in August 2019, said the primary purpose is to renumber and reorganize the regulations for ease of use. The original numbering scheme has become increasingly "unwieldy" as the number of rules has grown over the decades. "The result is...

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