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.

June 12, 2020

BARK OR BITE?

One of the latest turns in the tussle over AB5 between California policymakers and Uber and Lyft is the action of the California PUC. On June 2, 2020,  Doug Ito, the director of the PUC’s Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division, issued a warning to transportation network companies that they must carry California workers’ comp insurance […]


May 27, 2020

GAME ON

The magnitude of the COVID health and economic crisis is such that there is little focus on anything else in the workers comp world. And with good reason. Whatever happens under the Governor’s executive order establishing a presumption of industrial causation and with the batch of COVID presumption bills in the legislative hopper, the crisis […]


May 12, 2020

DOCTOR WARS

An interesting lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court Eastern District of California. The suit (ExamWorks v. Baldini et al), filed by ExamWorks, a prominent provider of California medical-legal physician evaluations, seeks damages and injunctive relief against several former Examworks employees in Northern California.  Those employees are alleged to have misappropriated trade […]


May 6, 2020

NEWSOM ORDERS REBUTTABLE COVID PRESUMPTION

Today Governor Newsom announced an executive order establishing a rebuttable industrial presumption that COVID is work related for certain workers who have a documented COVID diagnosis from March 19, 2020 til 60 days from the announcement of today’s order (see text of the order at the bottom of this post). Citing gubernatorial power during a […]


April 27, 2020

MORE ON WORKERS' COMP COVID PRESUMPTION

A second bill to enact a presumption that COVID illness is industrial has been introduced in California’s legislature. The bill, SB 1159 (authored by Senator Jerry Hill and co-authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly), would create a rebuttable presumption that for certain “critical workers”, COVID illness or death be deemed industrial. This would apply to critical […]


April 23, 2020

TO PRESUME OR NOT PRESUME, THAT IS THE QUESTION

The pressure on the California workers’ comp system to deal with the COVID-19 crisis is mounting. Should first responders, medical personnel and “essential workers” who are diagnosed with COVID receive a presumption that the virus was contracted at work? If there is no presumption, workers can still pursue a COVID claim, but they would have […]


April 8, 2020

THE WCIRB COPES WITH COVID

The WCIRB Governing Committee met this morning, with the public meeting featuring a presentation by WCIRB Chief Actuary David Bellusci. Following the meeting the Governing Committee went into closed executive session. But there were two main takeaways from Bellusci’s presentation. First, the WCIRB Actuarial Committee has unanimously recommended that there be no mid-year rate filing. […]


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