A Partner at Boxer & Gerson LLP, Julius Young has practiced worker’s compensation law and social security disability law since 1979. He has represented thousands of individuals who have sustained life-changing injuries or illnesses while on the job. In every case, his goal is to secure the medical treatments his clients need.
The 2020 California legislative session is done. What is notable from a workers’ comp standpoint? While the number of bills passed was small, some important ones await Governor Newsom’s signature as this post is done. In future posts I’ll analyze some of these in more depth, but let’s take a snapshot look now: More professions […]
The California legislative session is slated to end tomorrow night. We are now at crunch time. What maneuvering has been taking place behind the scenes over the weekend is not yet clear, but as of several days ago three workers’ comp COVID-19 presumption bills were still alive. One, SB 1159 was amended again over the […]
Lyft won’t be shutting down tonight. Earlier today the company had announced they would be ceasing California operations tonight unless they received judicial relief in a recent case dealing with the definition of driver employment status. But after Lyft’s announced shutdown, the California Court of Appeal First District granted a stay of a recent order […]
SB 1159 will be the legislative vehicle to address a compensability presumption for workers who contract COVID after the July 2020 expiration of Governor Newsom’s executive order. The bill had been set for hearing. That was postponed and the bill amended. It’s now set for hearing in the Assembly Insurance Committee on August 11. As […]
The California Division of Workers Compensation’s latest proposal to amend the QME fee schedule needs work. If the DWC does not revise the proposal unveiled in June 2020 for public forum comments, the QME system, injured workers and payors will be adversely affected. As I finished this blog post, there were hundreds of pages of […]
With 2020 half gone, its time for my annual mid-year look at the most significant events in California workers’ comp to date. In a year unlike any other because of changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the top developments must be seen through that lens. But there were others as well. Here are […]
A May 27, 2020 California Court of Appeal case, County of Santa Clara v. WCAB (Barbara Justice), limits the application of the “Hikida doctrine”. What is Hikida? Hikida v. WCAB (2017) 82 CCC 679 was a case where the injured worker, a Costco employee, had surgery for an industrial carpal tunnel syndrome and then developed […]