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.

January 4, 2023

2022: THE TOP 10 CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP DEVELOPMENTS

At the end of 2022, it’s time to assess the significant things that happened in California workers’ comp this year. What follows is an attempt to separate the signal from the noise. I’ve added links to explanatory material. 1. Governor Newsom made two appointments to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board  In August 2022, Newsom appointed […]


December 21, 2022

FACTS AND FICTION

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. […]


November 16, 2022

DWC CALLS FOR IDEAS TO IMPROVE WORKERS COMP

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 […]


October 26, 2022

LYFT ATTEMPTS STIFF ARM

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 […]


October 5, 2022

WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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 […]


September 30, 2022

NEWSOM VETO ON TWO COMP BILLS

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 […]


September 8, 2022

WHAT FAILED

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 […]