Today the WCAB issued an en banc decision rejecting SCIF’s appeal in the prior en banc decision  of Kris Wilson V. State of California Cal Fire (now “Wilson I”). SCIF had filed for reconsideration, seeking to overturn the WCAB’s formulation as to what constitutes “catastrophic” for purposes of Labor Code 4660.1(c)(2)(B), which governs an exception for

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It’s time to look at what has been happening in California workers’ compensation during the first six months of 2019. While it has not been a particularly eventful stretch, here is my list of the Top 10 Developments in California Workers’ Comp for the first half of 2019, in no particular order: 1.The legislative debate

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PJs are important. No, I’m not talking about pajamas. I’m talking presiding judges. Each district office of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has a presiding workers’ comp judge, even the smaller “satellite” offices. PJs are an important but largely unsung facet of the California workers’ comp system. Most PJs have a hearing calendar but

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