Things move fast as the legislative session comes to a close. As of earlier today, however, 2 important bills on worker safety were pending, AB 1634 and AB 1897. The workers’ compensation community should have a great interest in legislation that promotes safe working practices. AB 1634 (sponsored by Assembly members Ammiano, Skinner, Bonta, Gonzalez, Quirk,

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Bay Area residents were awakened last night to a 6.0 earthquake in Napa. News reports indicated that Napa County’s old courthouse was among the downtown buildings sustaining major damage. For many years, California has been lucky in not having an earthquake that caused widespread loss of life. But what if a major earthquake struck during

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This past Friday the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) met in Oakland. If there was little policy drama in the policy presentations, other aspects of the meeting had drama. Apparently concerned that protesters or rowdy commenters would disrupt the meeting, CHSWC staffers or members arranged for a watchful presence from 2

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After years of doing workers’ comp, I must say that it is rare to have an injured worker  client ask what medical treatment costs. Perhaps that is just human nature, since when someone else is paying the bill we tend to feel free of concerns about whether we can pay. Since workers’ comp in California

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You might have thought that news of bad behavior in California’s workers’ comp system was hitting bottom. After all, could it get worse? Allegations of legislators taking money to help charlatans who profited off of the backs of injured workers (literally). Scads of doctors alleged to have taken kickbacks for prescribing questionable compound medicines one of which allegedly

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