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Voc Rehab and Return-to-Work Issues 10/06/2009
State: CA | Segment: | 807 | 0
By Allan LenoCase Law The WCAB finally issued its long-awaited en banc decisions in Ogilvie v. City and County of San Francisco and Almaraz/Guzman v. SCIF/Keenan. These decisions have been dubbed Ogilvie II and Almaraz/Guzman II by observers to distinguish them fr...Read More
Voc Rehab - Return-to-Work Issues 09/17/2009
State: CA | Segment: | 1178 | 0
By Allan LenoQuestion: A question regarding the return to work notices has come up. I recall during your recent training session on the Notice of Offer of Regular Work, you advised that the notice does not require the employee to respond for the administration of workers' comp...Read More
Vocational Factors Matter in PTD Claims 08/14/2009
By: Michael Rabinowitz
State: FL | Segment: | 1225 | 0
By Michael RabinowitzThis rule isn't new. It was around before the 1994 changes to the permanent total disability provision and the First District Court of Appeal accepted it as the post-2003 standard.  Despite the language of the statute, the JCC must consider vocational ...Read More
Vocational Option 2 06/12/2009
By: Terri L. Herring-Puz
State: WA | Segment: | 1036 | 0
By Terri L. Herring-Puz We are about a year and a half into the five-year pilot Vocational Improvement Project (VIP) at the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. The Vocational Subcommittee (which I am on) continues to meet regularly. This first year has been busy with issues ...Read More
Voc Rehab and Return-to-Work Issues 06/04/2009
State: CA | Segment: | 933 | 0
By Allan LenoSupplemental Job Displacement Benefit Voucher - Frequently Asked QuestionsQuestion: I recall that in your May newsletter, you made reference to the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) voucher saying that it must be issued to the emplo...Read More
Voc Rehab and Return-to-Work Issues 05/05/2009
State: CA | Segment: | 790 | 0
By Allan Leno PENALTY REGULATIONSThe Department of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has obtained final approval for its revised audit penalty regulations by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL); the new regulations become eff...Read More
VR/RTW Issues 11/04/2008
State: CA | Segment: | 1048 | 0
By Allan Leno <b>SJDB Voucher - FAQs</b> <i>I have a claim with a date of injury 9/2/99 with a CT ending in 2005. Is he due VR/VRMA or a voucher?</i>   Assuming the applicant continued working at his U&C occupation until ...Read More
Voc Rehab FAQs 08/05/2008
State: CA | Segment: | 1503 | 0
By Allan Leno DWC Administrative Director Carrie Nevans responded to one of the items in our June newsletter:   "Dear Allen – I’ve got a comment I wanted to pass on to you, but first I wanted to complement you on the excellent newsletter you produce. I...Read More
Vacation Injury Work Related for Police Officer 05/19/2008
State: CA | Segment: | 828 | 0
--By Richard M. "Jake" JacobsmeyerIt is certainly not unusual to see the courts extend extra deference to public safety officers coming before court with arguments that for most of us would be a real stretch as employment related activities. Such a stretch was made by the 2nd Appellate D...Read More
Voc Rehab/Return to Work Issues 05/07/2008
State: CA | Segment: | 1032 | 0
By Allan LenoIn last month's column, I noted that a revised DWC regulation (9810(c)) would require that Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits Notice of Potential Rights (10133.52) and the voucher (10133.57) must be sent to the eligible applicant on plain paper and not on the insurer...Read More
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