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.

August 26, 2022

A DOG IN THIS HUNT

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 […]


August 18, 2022

GOVERNOR NEWSOM MAKES A WCAB APPOINTMENT

Governor Newsom has appointed Joe Capurro to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Capurro is a distinguished veteran applicant attorney who has practiced in San Jose. Ethical, knowledgeable, and compassionate, Capurro is an excellent choice for the WCAB. Capurro has been a longtime presenter at California Applicant Attorneys Association conferences, usually speaking on the “Most […]


July 26, 2022

TOP DEVELOPMENTS OF CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP 1ST HALF 2022

At mid-2022 it’s time to take a look at the top developments in California workers’ comp during the first half. To date 2022 has been a rather quiet year for California’ workers’ comp. Yet, here below, in no particular order, are some of the themes and events that stood out in the California system so […]


July 18, 2022

RICARDO LARA KEEPS BENCHMARK RATE AT $1.45

On July 15 Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued his decision on the advisory workers’ comp rate. Lara’s decision, which is not binding on insurers, recommends that benchmark rates be maintained at $1.45 per $100 of payroll. $1.45 is the same that Lara had approved in his 2021 finding. So unlike pricing everywhere else in our […]


July 11, 2022

AB-5, CALIFORNIA TRUCKERS AND THE PORTS

The California Trucking Association and various California owner operator truckers have lost their battle to avoid application of AB-5 to their businesses. On June 30, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the controversy. What is this controversy, and what are the implications for California truckers and the ports? The California Trucking Association and […]


July 5, 2022

NEW STUDY: CWCI SAYS NEW DOC FEE SCHEDULE IS COSTLY

CWCI has released a July 2022 study of costs under the California Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS), which was revised in 2021. Although costs were expected to rise under the MLFS, they appear to be rising much more than anticipated. According to the CWCI, a higher flat fee rate led to a 222% cost increase in […]


June 15, 2022

SCALING BACK

One of the most controversial 2022 California workers’ comp bills is SB 1127 (Atkins). But that bill has now been considerably scaled back. As of last week, SB 1127 provided for a reduction of the time to accept or deny non-presumption claims from the current 90 days to 60 days. And the time to accept […]