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Recognizing that many practitioners are working from home, rather than their office and not receiving their regular mail due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee is offering its members an electronic version of The Workers’ Compensation Quarterly. Read more
The California Young Lawyers Association has developed a series of 10-minute mentorship videos for its members. The most recent mentor video is about Hot Topic Litigation and Emerging Trends in workers’ compensation law and features Randy Pollak, editor of the Workers’ Compensation Quarterly and Co-Chair of the Publications subcommittee of the California Lawyers Association, Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee. Mr. Pollak is managing attorney of Pacific Compensation in Thousand Oaks, California. Click the link immediately below to view this informative presentation. Read more
The Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board have recently issued several more emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
As of May 9, 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the infection of 64,561 Californians, claiming the lives of 2,678. In conjunction with the initial phases of lifting restrictions meant to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease brought on by the Coronavirus and the gradual reopening of California’s economy, on May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order EXECUTIVE ORDER N-62-20. Read more
As the name states, the Practice and Procedure/Ethics Subcommittee looks at pretty much anything that affects Practice and Ethics in the field of the California Workers’ Compensation system. We are keenly aware of any proposed rule changes by either the DWC or the WCAB. Read more
Greetings to my fellow stay at home and virus survivor community. It is hard to believe that so little has changed since I sat down to write last month’s article. Many of us are still sheltering at home and others are working in half empty offices, keeping our distance and wearing face coverings hoping that the measures we take will protect us. We watch the news obsessively and look for something to give us hope. Read more
Navigating an Applicant’s claim through the California workers’ compensation system when the Employer was uninsured for workers’ compensation at the time of injury can be tricky. The following is a guide with some of the most pertinent steps we utilize when representing an Applicant with a UEBTF workers’ compensation claim/case. Read more
Since March 16, 2020, the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the WCAB have issued a series of emergency decisions and directives, including two En Banc rulings of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, addressing numerous urgent matters that have arisen in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic, ranging from calendaring of hearings to electronic service by the WCAB. Read more
As is now common knowledge, Covid-19, commonly called the "novel coronavirus" or just the "coronavirus," is spreading rapidly across the many parts of the world, including California. Countries around the world are taking dramatic steps to combat the spread of the virus. What does this mean for workers' compensation in California? Read more
The editors of the Workers’ Compensation Section Enews would like to give section members a view into the outstanding work of the Community Outreach subcommittee. In this new column, we will periodically highlight through photographs and captions the recent activities of the Community Outreach subcommittee. Read more

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