Many people are counting the days. To the next election. To the December holidays. To vacations. To retirement. But in California workers’ comp we often count days for other things. For things like QME requests. And for UR validity. The Labor Code and California regulations require utilization review to be undertaken within certain timeframes. For

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Governor Newsom has already signed several 2019 bills that will impact California workers’ comp, and a raft of other bills await his attention. But now seems a good time to take stock of what did not make the grade this legislative session. Here’s a quick list for the workers’ comp junkies out there: • AB

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Readers closely following the debate over AB5 may wish to check out a piece  by Carolyn Said in today’s San Francisco Chronicle,  “Uber bids to exempt drivers”: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Uber-circulates-new-gig-work-bill-as-alternative-14426247.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result# The article notes that the Chronicle obtained a 19-page bill that was apparently drafted by a state legislative counsel at the request of an un-named legislator. Uber

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The California legislature should vote to pass AB 5, the hotly contested bill that would expand the application of the “ABC test” used by the California Supreme Court in the Dynamex case. While AB 5 (see links at the end of this post) may not be a perfect bill, it is an important step forward

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Governor Newsom recently made a great appointment for a job important to California workers. On August 15 the Governor announced the appointment of Douglas Parker to head Cal OSHA (as the chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency). I’ve known Doug Parker since 2016, when

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