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Workers’ Compensation


The purpose of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California Lawyers Association is to serve our members, workers’ compensation practitioners, and the people of California by promoting an efficient and just compensation delivery system. The section, through standing committees, seeks to promote better legal practice, education and legislation affecting workers’ compensation. We review proposed state legislation and regulatory rules, and make recommendations to the authors. Our goal is to achieve the following constitutional mandate:

Constitutional Basis of Laws

The Workers’ Compensations Act, codified in the Labor Code, with other related laws, has its jurisdictional basis in the California Constitution, Article XIV, sec. 4, which provides in part as follows:

The Legislature is hereby expressly vested with plenary power, unlimited by any provision of this Constitution, to create, and enforce a complete system of workers’ compensation…to compensate…workers for injury or disability, and…for death…irrespective of the fault of any party…to the end that the administration of such legislation shall accomplish substantial justice in all cases expeditiously, inexpensively, and without encumbrance of any character…

Membership Benefits

  • Free subscription to the Workers’ Compensation Quarterly newsletter.
  • Discounts on all Workers’ Compensation Section programs and publications
  • Opportunity to participate in Section and Committee activities
  • Opportunity to meet members of the Workers’ Compensation Section

Major MCLE Events and Programs

In addition to “stand alone” such as the recent Workers’ Compensation Spring Programs of our section, we participate in the major state bar events:

  • Section Convention
  • The Section offers ongoing opportunities for participatory and self-study continuing legal education, both online and through audiotapes. For more information, see Education.

Access to Oral Arguments

The California Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee, subcommittee on Technology and Social Media, offers access to our section members to listen to oral arguments made in Workers’ Compensation cases at various Districts of the California Court of Appeals.


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