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.

October 9, 2023

NEWSOM VETOES CAAA SPONSORED BILL AB-1213

Governor Newsom has vetoed AB-1213 (D-Liz Ortega). This is a bitter pill for the applicant bar. CAAA, on behalf of the applicant bar, had sought to exclude the period of TD indemnity paid during the period of a successful UR/IMR appeal from calculation of the 104 week temporary disability cap. Had Newsom signed AB-1213, an […]


October 7, 2023

NEWSOM SIGNS CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR ANTI-FRAUD BILL

Governor Newsom has signed AB-336 (Cervantes) (D-Riverside), a bill which may help address employer premium fraud in the California construction industry. Previously, contractor license applicants were required as a condition of initial licensure, reinstatement, reactivation, renewal or continued maintenance of a license to provide a valid current certificate of workers compensation insurance or Self-Insurance coverage […]


October 4, 2023

NEWSOM SIGNS SB 553

Governor Newsom signed SB 553 on September 30, 2023. SB 553 (Cortese) is designed to address the rising problem of workplace violence incidents. In a blog entry earlier this year I noted that California is experiencing an epidemic of workplace violence: https://www.boxerlaw.com/workerscompzone/an-epidemic-of-violence-against-california-workers/ We see egregious examples every day on the local news. Last week in […]


September 5, 2023

COMP BILLS ADVANCING

The California Legislature is back after its August hiatus. We’re heading into the legislative home stretch. A few bills of interest to the workers’ compensation community have survived September 1 suspense file votes in Assembly Appropriations. As of Labor Day, the following bills continued to run the legislative gauntlet: • AB 1213 (Ortega) (extends the […]


July 26, 2023

TWO FROM THE CALIFORNIA SUPREMES

In July 2023 the California Supreme Court decided two closely watched cases, the Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks case and the Adolph v. Uber Technologies case. Although neither are workers’ compensation cases, both involve issues which are likely to be encountered by workers’ comp applicant attorneys and plaintiff-side employment lawyers. So the California workers’ comp community […]


July 7, 2023

TOP CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP DEVELOPMENTS- 1ST HALF OF 2023

At mid-2023, it’s time to examine the most important developments in California workers’ compensation so far this year. If one tried to separate the wheat from the chaff, what is significant? Here, in no particular order, are my picks: 1.Bills sponsored by labor groups, applicant attorneys and employee advocates continued to advance through the legislature […]


June 6, 2023

THE WCAB AND MSA APPROVALS

A recent California Workers Compensation Appeals Board panel decision highlights some of the challenges in settling cases with a Medicare Set Aside. Kaiser and Sedgwick appealed when the WCJ approved the workers’ comp settlement but refused to approve the proffered Medicare addendum language. In the case, Irma Dufelmeier v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (see link at […]