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Workers’ Compensation

Updates and events from the Workers’ Compensation Section

This annual favorite will be presented by Judge James Finete who will bring a detailed analysis of the hottest cases that will affect the way you practice. Read more
Don’t forget about the $50,000 penalty! Wait what? That’s a thing? Yes! This penalty went into effect 1/1/2023, but is still poorly understood by most workers’ compensation professionals. Read more
In this program, we will provide you with valuable insights and knowledge on various practical aspects of workers' compensation, with a special focus on understanding the process from a judge's perspective.  Gain insights on navigating EAMS, getting your settlements approved, and adapting to the hybrid world of workers' compensation.  Join us to enhance your expertise in workers' compensation in the company of your peers! Read more
Come join us and find out how you can strengthen your chances of getting an Award or Order Approving the first time around. Read more
This program chronicles the Labor Codes, Regulations, Case Law, and musings from the courtroom as to why another QME may be needed for your case. Read more
In this program, we will provide you with valuable insights and knowledge on various practical aspects of workers' compensation, with a special focus on understanding the process from a judge's perspective. Read more
February 2024 CLA Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee Chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Awards Reception, John Parente, welcomes the honorees and guests and introduces incoming Chairwoman, the Honorable Presiding Judge Sharon Velzy, along with CLA WC Section Manager Tiffany Creswell, presenting the awards to the honorees. Presiding Judge Robert T. Hjelle is recognized for his distinguished career of public service to his nation and the California Judiciary as the CLA WC Section’s Judge of the Year.  Saro Kerkonian,… Read more
“It is appropriate that evaluating physicians consider the vocational evidence as part of their determination of permanent disability, including factors such as whether an injured worker is feasible for vocational rehabilitation (Ogilvie, supra). We note that neither AME was provided the reports from the parties' vocational experts to review.” (emphasis supplied) Read more
At the California legislature in 2023, who were winners and who were losers? Before the year fades, a recap is in order. Overall, it was not a year for big workers’ comp bills. The workers’ comp bills that passed and were signed are largely niche bills. For non-workers’ comp bill affecting California workers, union-sponsored bills had some notable success but some bills failed as well. Workers’ comp winners this year included the following: Read more
Interpreters play a prominent role in the multi-lingual realm of the California workers’ compensation system, and determining the rate of compensation for interpreting services remains a highly litigated issue. Read more

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