2019 is done. It’s time to assess the most important developments in California Workers’ Comp in 2019, a year end assessment I’ve done since starting the blog in 2007. In no particular order, here are my picks, together with links to some additional source material: 1. California legislature passes AB5 in an attempt to address

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California’s workers’ comp system is always under the microscope. 2019 has been no different, with a stream of studies released during the year. What did we learn this year? Many attorneys working in the system can go a whole year without really paying attention to system analyses. I know. I paid little attention for years

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Amazon sure seems to be getting some bad press right around Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. In the company’s rush to bring one-day delivery on a large swath of the earth’s products, worker health and safety may be taking a back seat. Tt’s something to ponder as we head toward the

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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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