We have reached a new legislative process low: trying to differentiate the value of boobs and prostates. This issue arises out of a California legislative battle over AB 305 (Lorena Gonzalez), a  bill aimed at preventing certain kinds of gender discrimination in California workers’ comp. Specifically, AB 305 prohibits apportionment if pregnancy, menopause, or menopause-caused

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The days of quick QME selection are fast approaching. Today the DWC announced that the Office of Administrative Law has approved revisions to QME regulations which are effective September 1. 2015. According to the DWC newsline: “The new QME regulations establish a mandatory online QME panel request process for claims where the injured worker is

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Oral argument was held earlier this week in San Francisco at the California Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division 2, in what is commonly known as the Dahl case, also known as Contra Costa County v. WCAB (Doreen Dahl), A141046. Dahl is an appeal by Contra Costa County from a WCAB decision upholding a decision

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Keeping the California economy humming is a complicated enterprise. There are economic forces California politicians can’t control. The availability of water. Energy prices. Housing market disruption.The apparent slowing of the Chinese economy and exchange rate adjustment, which will make life hard for California exporters. The possible end of the Fed’s easy money quantitative easing. The tech

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking on a California workers’ comp case law update panel. The panel was at the Disneyland conference of CCWC (the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, an employer-side workers’ comp research and advocacy group). Co-presenting at my session was attorney Bill Anderson of the State Compensation Insurance Fund. We jokingly

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