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Voc Rehab Case Law Update 06/17/2006
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An injured worker's injury is contested AOE/COE. On the Application for Adjudication of Claim, applicant's attorney indicates that Rehab is at issue. Three years after injury, the applicant's treating physician finds the applicant QIW. Four years after injury, an AME finds the inj...Read More
Voc Rehab Case Law Update 02/25/2006
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by Alan LenoDoes the provision of a temporary work assignment create an obligation for the employer under the Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) to make the assignment permanent when the temporary disability becomes permanent? In Raine v. City of Burbank (No. B1...Read More
View From the Trenches 08/13/2005
State: CA | Segment: | 366 | 0
(or what they wish you knew) by Jamie Charter For the past 21 years, I have had the opportunity of knowing many injured employees through the provision of a variety of services. Through my experiences, I have listened, counseled and performed damage control, many times after an inj...Read More
Voc Rehab Case Law Updates 07/16/2005
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By Alan Leno Is an employee entitled to VRMA (and at what rate) while an out-of-state plan proposal is being evaluated? In SCIF v. WCAB (Nash) (2005) 70 CCC 266 (writ denied), the WCAB determined that the applicant was entitled to VRMA benefits at the TTD rate (base...Read More
Vouchers and Penalties Regulations - an Update 07/04/2005
State: CA | Segment: | 516 | 0
SJDB vouchers - Proposed Regulations The Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher regulations have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and certified by the Secretary of State with an implementation date of August 1, 2005. The final version of the voucher ...Read More
Voc Rehab, ADA, and FEHA - How it Fits Together 06/18/2005
State: CA | Segment: | 355 | 0
A long story short: An employee was placed directly into a vocational rehabilitation plan without the employer having the opportunity to respond to an RU-94 or have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "conversation" with the employee. The employee is still in the plan, however the ADA "convers...Read More
Vouchers and RTW Update 06/18/2005
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SJDB vouchers - Proposed Regulations The proposed voucher regulations are currently at the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which is reviewing them for consistency with other statutes. Assuming OAL finds no problems, DWC is estimating an approximate implementation date of Augu...Read More
Voc Rehab Observations 12/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 431 | 0
VR services for 2004 casesMany physicians are not fully aware that they no longer should be making QIW determinations. These physicians still include language in P&S reports indicating a need for vocational rehabilitation where they deem the injured worker incapable of performing the...Read More
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What to Do While You Are Waiting: The time that you spend on medical recovery can often be confusing and seem endless, without any sense of purpose for some injured workers. There are medical appointments to attend, legal meetings, physical therapy........... Life can s...Read More
Vocational Voucher Regs - When Will They be Reality? 11/21/2004
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Voucher Regulations The DWC Administrative Director, Andrea Hoch, has indicated that new regulations required to govern the administration of the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (voucher) will become a primary order of business early in 2005. Finalization of these regulatio...Read More
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