The legislature is back in session. But tax collections continue to miss budget targets, so the spectre of the budget continues to haunt California. This is the reality. It’s not a happy backdrop for those of us in the applicant bar and labor who hoped that a change of administrations and a solid Democratic legislative

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With the legislature coming back into session this week, we’ll get a better sense of what workers comp bill are really moving and what is stalling. In a prior post I noted the particularly heated debate over a bill to require fitted rather than flat sheets in hotels, a bill aimed at reducing housekeeper injuries

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Today the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case dealing with the start of COLA calculations for life pension and permanent total disability cases. The case, Baker v. WCAB (formerly known as the Duncan v. WCAB case and before that as the XYZZ case), is a big loss for severely disabled workers and

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According to a press release issued today, the WCIRB Governing Committee has voted to authorize the WCIRB to file proposed 2012 “pure premium rates”. The rate filing will be coming by August 19. Here is the press release, quoted in entirety: “Today, the WCIRB Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to file proposed January

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A decision rendered today by the California Court of Appeals, 3rd District, is likely to be of wide interest to the California workers’ comp industry. The decision in Salas V. Sierra Chemical Co. was authored by Justice Andrea Hoch and joined by Justice Vance Raye and Justice Harry Hull. Hoch is well known in workers’

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