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Grinberg: WCAB, Call Me! 06/04/2020
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 417 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board announced last week that the telephonic appearance procedures will continue through the month of June. Electronic filing will continue as well. ...Read More

Torrey: Mental-Mental Laws in All 50 States 06/03/2020
By: David B. Torrey
State: NA | Segment: Top | 319 | 0
The law of mental stress causing mental disability, and its compensability under workers’ compensation (the law of the “mental-mentals”), has been the subject of considerable study. ...Read More

Jacobsmeyer: Appeals Court Provides Bright-Line Limitation to Hikida Application 06/02/2020
By: Richard Jacobsmeyer
State: CA | Segment: Top | 160 | 0
Since the early days after passage of Senate Bill 899 in 2004, the California Legislature’s intent in overhauling the statutes governing apportionment of permanent disability and the issue of direct causation and apportionment have been the subject of multiple decis...Read More

Paduda: What's Keeping Workers' Comp Execs Up at Night 06/01/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 409 | 0
After 28 calls with workers’ comp execs over eight days it’s quite clear that many are very concerned about specific issues. ...Read More

Grinberg: A Moment on 4060 Exams 05/29/2020
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 622 | 0
I am guessing that your inbox is pretty saturated with coronavirus posts, articles, webinars, etc. Since California is looking at an exposure rate of 90,000 cases as of May 23, for a population of around 40 million, the odds of exposure at the moment are relatively low .225%. Maybe it&r...Read More

Duff: I Hate to Burst Your Bubble 05/28/2020
By: Michael C. Duff
State: IL | Segment: Top | 312 | 0
The new Illinois workers' compensation COVID-19 presumption is actually three presumptions. The full text of the statutory language is ...Read More

Langham: A Strenuous Policy 05/27/2020
By: David Langham
State: AZ | Segment: Top | 257 | 0
Arizona made the news recently with a memorandum regarding COVID-19/Wuhan/SARS-CoV-2. ...Read More

Paduda: Hey, Legislators, Don't Do Stupid Stuff 05/26/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: CA | Segment: Top | 522 | 0
Four months into the COVID pandemic, early data show workers’ comp insurers are doing the right thing. ...Read More

Barthel and Kamin: Multiple Employers Over 14 Days (Who's Liable?) 05/22/2020
By: Donald R. Barthel and John P. Kamin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 463 | 0
Per Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent executive order, issued on May 6, employees who have a positive test result or diagnosis of COVID-19 within 14 days of performing work somewhere other than home at the direction of the employer may enjoy a broad rebuttable presumption that the infection is ...Read More

VanDillen: The Pandemic Is Leveling Out. Now What? 05/21/2020
By: Linda VanDillen
State: NA | Segment: Top | 379 | 1
Our employees may have become deconditioned over the past three months. According to a WebMD article regarding a Danish study on healthy aging, it takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. ...Read More
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