Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2020, Vol. 33, No. 4

WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure

Erin L. Walker, Esq. Oakland, California

In 2020 the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board enacted sweeping changes to the regulations found in Title 8, Chapter 4.5, Subchapter 2, section 10300 et seq., with the goal of organizing and grouping rules in a more logical and comprehensive way, clarifying ambiguous provisions, and enumerating important deadlines and filing requirements.

As we begin 2021 we have an opportunity to reflect on these procedural and regulatory changes and the practical effect they have had so far on the practice of workers’ compensation. The WCAB’s adoption of these rules made it essential for workers’ compensation practitioners and professionals to understand and adapt to the changes. To help practitioners navigate the changes and implement best practices, this article provides synopses of several significant changes.

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