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 29, 2021

TOP 10 2021 CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP DEVELOPMENTS

It’s time to take stock of 2021 in California’s workers’ comp system. This is a feature I’ve done every year since starting the blog in 2007. Here was the backdrop in 2021….Workers’ comp has been a backwater issue for some years now.  Workers’ comp did not come up in the Newsom recall fight, and there […]


December 15, 2021

CHSWC TIGHTENS UP

In 2021 the California Commission on Health Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) has begun to be more skeptical about studies it commissions and the quality of such studies. Two recent studies have run into rough sledding. A February 25, 2001 report studying AB 1400 (i.e. cancer exposure of mechanics who repair and clean firefighting vehicles) […]


November 16, 2021

EUGENE TREASTER: A REMEMBRANCE

Eugene Treaster passed away in Sacramento in late October. Treaster was one of California ‘s leading applicant attorneys for decades, representing injured workers in Sacramento and Stockton for about 50 years. Gene Treaster was also my mentor and friend. It was a great pleasure to have known him, and I offer this remembrance to others […]


October 29, 2021

The 2021 LEGISLATIVE SEASON

The 2021 California legislative season ended on October 10, the deadline for Governor Newsom to act on bills. How did the interests of California injured workers fare this year? In this year’s legislative battles over worker rights, who were the winners and who lost? Despite Democratic dominance in the California Assembly and California Senate, and […]


September 29, 2021

NEWSOM VETOES APPORTIONMENT DISCRIMINATION BILL

Governor Newsom has vetoed SB 788 (Bradford). Despite the fact that SB 788 won approval in the California Senate by a 37-0 margin and a 77-0 margin in the California Assembly, Newsom issued this veto message on September 28, 2021: “To The Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 788 without […]


September 17, 2021

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS

California workers’ comp is an expensive system to operate. That has been a frequent focus of this blog over the years. High “frictional costs” have plagued the system despite various reform efforts, many of which resulted in takeaways from workers. Frictional costs are a continued focus of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (the […]


September 2, 2021

PREMATURE

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on September 1, 2021 that in person hearings will resume as of October 1 at most WCAB district offices. Trials, lien trials, expedited hearings and special adjudication unit hearings are to be held in person. Mandatory settlement conferences, lien conferences and status conferences would continue telephonically for now. […]