It’s never been clear why Governor Brown has been so slow to exercise appointments to the WCAB. But at any rate Brown has now exercised that power, appointing Jose Razo to the WCAB. Razo, a journeyman workers’ comp practitioner, comes most recently from Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi, a statewide defense firm with an excellent reputation.

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Is an untimely IMR determination grounds for an appeal of the IMR determination? That was the issue in Norberto Arredondo v. Tri-Modal Distribution Services and SCIF. In a 2-1 decision authored by Commissioners Zalewski and Lowe (with a dissent from Commissioner Sweeney), the answer is no. The applicant contended that the IMR determination did not

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AB 305, aimed at preventing gender discrimination in workers’ comp, continues to advance in the legislature. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, survived an Assembly Insurance committee vote and will proceed to the Assembly. The bill would prohibit apportionment determinations in physical injury cases based on factors of osteoporosis, pregnancy or

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Low wage work plagues the California economy. That’s the takeaway from another excellent study just released by UC Berkeley Labor Center, “Low Wage Work in California: 2014 Chartbook”. This study (see link below) is chock full of interesting (and disturbing) charts and graphs about large-scale low pay job in California. Consider a few highlights of

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Hispanic-Latino workers appear to be perishing at disproportionate rates in California. That’s the takeaway from an April 15, 2015 report filed by California’s Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) (I’ve included a link to the report at the end of this post). In four of the past five

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