Recently I became aware of an interesting experiment by the SCIF, the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Titled the “Injured Worker Incentive Program”, this SCIF program (see link below) promised certain monetary incentives to those who it deemed in compliance with certain benchmarks. This apparently was a small SCIF program, and inquiries by some of my

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost The paths one chooses can make a big difference. That’s the ultimate takeaway from a September 2018 California Court of Appeal (Third Appellate District) decision, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation v.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations has recently done two presentations on the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) program. Slides were presented at the June 2018 and September 2018 meetings of CHSWC (see link to the slides at the end of this post). A brief history of retraining benefits for California injured workers is in

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At a September 27 CHSWC, RAND researcher Kandice Kapinos PhD presented preliminary slides on a study of injured worker medical treatment access. The slides, titled “Access to Medical Treatment for Injured Workers in California: Year 2 Report” can be seen at the link below: https://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/Meetings/2018/briefing_CHSWC_Kapinos092718_r3.pdf The study, commissioned by the DIR as required by Labor

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On September 23 Governor Brown signed four workers’ comp bills but vetoed five other comp-related bills. The bills signed by Brown were ones that it was widely expected he would sign. Those bills (for which I’ve included descriptions from the legislative analyses and links to the legislative website) are as follows: • AB 1749 (Daly)

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