Workers Comp Zone

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.

December 16, 2019

ALWAYS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

California’s workers’ comp system is always under the microscope. 2019 has been no different, with a stream of studies released during the year. What did we learn this year? Many attorneys working in the system can go a whole year without really paying attention to system analyses. I know. I paid little attention for years […]


November 27, 2019

PRIMED

Amazon sure seems to be getting some bad press right around Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. In the company’s rush to bring one-day delivery on a large swath of the earth’s products, worker health and safety may be taking a back seat. Tt’s something to ponder as we head toward the […]


November 19, 2019

TAKEN TO TASK

The California State Auditor’s report on the QME process is now out, and it does not make the California Department of Industrial Relations look good. The November 2019 report finds that the DIR/DWC has failed to adequately address the decline in QMEs and finds problems in its administration of the system. The report, widely anticipated […]


November 6, 2019

PICTURING SAFETY

The old saying is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safe construction and working practices are key to worker health. Workerscompzone has been traveling recently in Taiwan and Japan. Readers may find it interesting to see how workers in those places are reminded about safe working practices. Here are some […]


October 31, 2019

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE

This month I’ve been looking at 2019 California workers’ comp bills that became law, as well as some that failed to secure legislative passage or were vetoed. But as they say in infomercials: wait, there’s more. There are a number of other notable measures that that will affect workers in California. Here is a list […]


October 22, 2019

ANOTHER DONE DEAL: SB 537

Governor Newsom signed SB 537 (Hill) into law on October 8, 2019. This legislation sailed through the California Senate and Assembly with no dissenting votes, although there was clearly hard bargaining regarding the terms of the bill. Several late amendments which changed the bill’s scope. What does SB 537 do, and why should you care […]


October 14, 2019

NEWSOM'S FIRST WORKERS' COMP VETO

Governor Newsom has vetoed his first workers’ comp bill, AB 346 (Cooper). AB 346 would have expanded fully paid leaves of absence due to occupational injury to police officers employed by a school district, community college or county office of education. They would have been eligible for up to a year of Labor Code 4850 […]


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