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.
How can we separate fact from fiction in workers’ compensation? What sources do we trust? And what should we trust when it comes to workers’ comp? The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) has been struggling with this. Current CHSWC commissioners have expressed concerns over the quality of recent contracted system studies. […]
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has scheduled a December 6, 2022 public meeting to hear ideas on improving California’s workers’ comp system. The in-person meeting, open to the public, will be held Tuesday December 6 at 10 am in the auditorium at the Elihu Harris State Office Building in Oakland. It’s been a long […]
A recent WCAB panel decision highlights some of the issues surrounding workers’ comp claims against the gig-worker platform rideshare companies. The case, Murguia v. Lyft, can be seen at the bottom of this post. The 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court adopted the ABC test to determine employment […]
Which California workers and stakeholders were winners and who were losers in the recent legislative session? Winners include the following: • Firefighters and public safety workers Why? SB 1127 will shorten the investigation period for presumption claims of workers eligible for presumptions, i.e. police, fire and various public safety personnel/first responders. The time […]
Governor Newsom vetoed two workers’ comp bills yesterday. AB 334 (Mullin) would have created a skin cancer presumption for California Park and Recreation and Fish and Wildlife peace officers. Here is Newsom’s veto message: I am returning Assembly Bill 334 without my signature. This bill would create a rebuttable presumption of industrial causation for skin […]
In the next few weeks Governor Newsom will likely sign a raft of workers’ comp bills that were passed by the California legislature. More on that in posts to come. But what workers’ comp bills failed this year? Let’s recap those while we wait on disposition of the bills that successfully ran the Capitol’s legislative […]
Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California went on strike on August 15th. This strike by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUWH) isn’t your run-of-the mill dispute about wages. Kaiser mental health physicians have been leaving in significant numbers. Many Kaiser psychologists, including multiple personal friends of mine, are disheartened by their inability to […]