The California State Auditor’s report on the QME process is now out, and it does not make the California Department of Industrial Relations look good. The November 2019 report finds that the DIR/DWC has failed to adequately address the decline in QMEs and finds problems in its administration of the system. The report, widely anticipated

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The old saying is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safe construction and working practices are key to worker health. Workerscompzone has been traveling recently in Taiwan and Japan. Readers may find it interesting to see how workers in those places are reminded about safe working practices. Here are some

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This month I’ve been looking at 2019 California workers’ comp bills that became law, as well as some that failed to secure legislative passage or were vetoed. But as they say in infomercials: wait, there’s more. There are a number of other notable measures that that will affect workers in California. Here is a list

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Governor Newsom signed SB 537 (Hill) into law on October 8, 2019. This legislation sailed through the California Senate and Assembly with no dissenting votes, although there was clearly hard bargaining regarding the terms of the bill. Several late amendments which changed the bill’s scope. What does SB 537 do, and why should you care

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Governor Newsom has vetoed his first workers’ comp bill, AB 346 (Cooper). AB 346 would have expanded fully paid leaves of absence due to occupational injury to police officers employed by a school district, community college or county office of education. They would have been eligible for up to a year of Labor Code 4850

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