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Workers’ Compensation

Updates and events from the Workers’ Compensation Section

At mid-2023, it’s time to examine the most important developments in California workers’ compensation so far this year. If one tried to separate the wheat from the chaff, what is significant? Here, in no particular order, are my picks: Read more
The California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the See’s Candies and related cases, finding that employers are not liable for personal injuries or wrongful death when an employee brings home COVID-19 from work, infecting family members. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision issued July 6, 2023 in Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks, effectively reversed the outcome of a prior decision of California’s Second District Court of Appeal in Matilde Ek et al. v. See’s Candies Inc. et al. That case rejected defendant See’s Candies request to dismiss a COVID wrongful death lawsuit based on the workers’ compensation “exclusive remedy” rule, allowing the lawsuit to proceed. Read more
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board must stop its grant-for-study practice, but is not required to issue a final decision on the merits within 60 days of a petition for reconsideration either, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in a published decision. Read more
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer of 2023.  I cannot believe the year as Chair of the Executive Committee is coming to an end. I want to thank each and every member of the Executive Committee for assisting me in accomplishing our goals. I specifically want to thank the Honorable Sharon Velzy for the excellent job of directing our educational programs. The educational programs are our life blood and they keep us going. Please utilize the great opportunities offered in those programs to improve your skills and make you a better attorney. Thank you Saro Kerkonian for providing our members with insightful information with the Enews each month. Read more
Have you ever completed a trial with that feeling that something was missed or that you couldn’t get the information you wanted to the Judge? Read more
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Ray Frost is a partner at Raymond E. Frost & Associates in Fremont together with his son, Zachary. Both Ray and Zachary are certified specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law (Ray since 1986), and both are members of the California Lawyers’ Association-Workers’ Compensation Section and the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA).  Ray received his B.A. from San Jose State University, and his J.D. from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law. His first job in the workers’ compensation field was with the law firm of Rowen, Swanson & Rose, where he started as a law clerk. Upon being admitted to practice, he continued his employment there a workers’ compensation defense attorney. He is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the United States Northern and Central District Courts. He has also been certified as an expert witness regarding workers’ compensation law in both the California Superior Courts and the U.S. Federal District Courts. Read more
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Did you know that COVID outbreak claims are subject to the new $50,000 penalty for unreasonable delay? Read more
Welcome to the 2023 Workers’ Compensation Law Section’s Legal Specialization Boot Camp! We are proud to offer five fantastic virtual sessions on July 29-30, each offering legal specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. Purchase all five webinars and receive 20% off! Offer ends 07/29/2023 at 9 AM. Read more

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