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.

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. […]


August 24, 2021

SAND IN THE GEARS

The California Superior Court has thrown sand in the gears of the gig-platform companies. On August 20, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled in Castellanos v. State of California that Prop 22 is unconstitutional (see link to the decision at the bottom of this post). Worker advocates fought hard against Prop 22, but were […]


August 17, 2021

THE RECALL

Will Gavin Newsom be recalled, and what does the recall mean for California workers’ comp? California voters are already starting to mail in their ballots for the September 14 recall election. Although a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks to halt the recall election on a theory alleging it is unconstitutional, the recall election […]


July 28, 2021

CALL THEIR BLUFF

Governor Newsom’s administration appears to be pressuring California Senator Steve Bradford to trim his anti-discrimination bill, SB 788. SB 788 would prohibit discrimination in apportionment  due to factors of race, creed, national origin, gender, marital status, sex, and sexual identity or orientation. Originally the bill included factors of age and genetics, but those were dropped […]


July 7, 2021

TOP 10 DEVELOPMENTS IN CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP-1ST HALF OF 2021

At midyear, it’s time to assess the top developments in California workers’ comp during the first half of 2021. Separating the signal from the noise is not always easy. But here is my assessment of the important developments and trends, in the California system, in no particular order: 1. WCAB Commissioner Juan Pedro Gaffney has […]


May 27, 2021

GOOD AND BAD IDEAS

A California Division of Workers’ Compensation public comment forum regarding proposed amendments to QME regulations recently closed. Amendments proposed by the DWC would make changes in the eligibility requirements for initial QME appointments and in the criteria for reappointment, alter some QME education requirements, and tweak some provisions on denial of QME reappointment or appointment. […]


May 11, 2021

STATEWIDE MPN MORPHS INTO MPN STUDY

The concept of a statewide MPN (Medical Provider Network) is dead for the foreseeable future. The California Medical Provider Network (CAMPN) was originally proposed under Assembly Bill 1465, sponsored by California Assembly members Eloise Reyes and Lorena Gonzalez. The proposal would have required the California Division of Workers’ Compensation to build out a statewide physician […]