The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has yet to unveil opioid guidelines, though a draft was circulated for public comment in April 2014. The DWC isn’t the only California agency working on the topic. The Medical Board of California has posted a September 2014 draft titled “Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Chronic Pain”. The

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Which is more expensive, employer fraud or worker fraud? That’s a question analyzed in an interesting piece written this week by Greg Jones, ace reporter for workcompcentral.com. Jones’ piece is titled “Employer Fraud More Expensive, Claimants More Likely To Be Jailed”. Jones analyzes California Department of Insurance data during the first half of 2013. In

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At a recent workers’ comp conference in Southern California, WCAB  Commissioner Kathy Zalewski noted that the WCAB commissioners had been doing a bit of “crocodile wrestling” over Dubon. I’ve seen crocodile wrestling in Thailand, and it often features a trainer with a stick, prodding a crocodile that looks either well-fed or drugged into docile status. The

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Governor Brown has vetoed 3 workers comp bills: AB 2616 (Skinner) AB 2378 (Perea) AB 2052 (Gonzalez) With these vetoes, Brown has asserted himself as a check on legislative activity relating to workers’ comp. As the Governor sails to a likely landslide re-election victory, it is clear that Brown envisions his role as a guardian against excesses

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In a move sure to please many worker advocates, Governor Brown has signed AB 1897 (Hernandez). This bill provides that many employers who hire labor contractors will be liable for the sins of those labor contractors where there are wage claims or failure to secure valid workers’ comp coverage. Specifically, the bill provides that A

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