We’re in the 2018 legislative home stretch, as the session will end in the next couple days. As of late yesterday many of the workers’ comp bills were still awaiting final action, although several had already made it to Governor Brown’s desk. Interestingly, AB 2496 (Gonzalez Fletcher) had made it to the Governor’s desk but

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The California Supreme Court has now issued a decision in the closely watched case King v. CompPartners (see link to the decision below). In its decision the California Supreme Court finds that the workers’ compensation system is the exclusive remedy of a worker harmed by the utilization review process. In doing so the court rejects

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AB 2496 (Gonzalez Fletcher) has been passed by the California legislature and is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. AB 2496 would essentially codify Dynamex in determining the employment status of janitorial workers. This comes at a time when there is a lot of heat in the Capitol over the California Supreme Court’s decision

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Eight California workers’ comp rate cuts since 2015 is a stunning figure. Yet, that’s what is on tap if a August 2018 WCIRB Governing Committee recommendation ends up being adopted by California’s Insurance Commissioner. While this would be advisory only, and does not reflect what many employers actually pay (i.e. the average industry filed rate

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July and August are often sleepy months in the California workers’ comp world. Workerscompzone has been napping. But not this week. Yesterday Governor Brown’s office announced that he has filled one of the long-vacant slots on the WCAB by appointing Katherine Williams Dodd. Ms. Dodd has served as a deputy legal affairs attorney for Brown.

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