A May 27, 2020 California Court of Appeal case, County of Santa Clara v. WCAB (Barbara Justice), limits the application of the “Hikida doctrine”. What is Hikida? Hikida v. WCAB (2017) 82 CCC 679 was a case where the injured worker, a Costco employee, had surgery for an industrial carpal tunnel syndrome and then developed

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One of the latest turns in the tussle over AB5 between California policymakers and Uber and Lyft is the action of the California PUC. On June 2, 2020,  Doug Ito, the director of the PUC’s Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division, issued a warning to transportation network companies that they must carry California workers’ comp insurance

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The magnitude of the COVID health and economic crisis is such that there is little focus on anything else in the workers comp world. And with good reason. Whatever happens under the Governor’s executive order establishing a presumption of industrial causation and with the batch of COVID presumption bills in the legislative hopper, the crisis

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An interesting lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court Eastern District of California. The suit (ExamWorks v. Baldini et al), filed by ExamWorks, a prominent provider of California medical-legal physician evaluations, seeks damages and injunctive relief against several former Examworks employees in Northern California.  Those employees are alleged to have misappropriated trade

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Today Governor Newsom announced an executive order establishing a rebuttable industrial presumption that COVID is work related for certain workers who have a documented COVID diagnosis from March 19, 2020 til 60 days from the announcement of today’s order (see text of the order at the bottom of this post). Citing gubernatorial power during a

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