It appears that Trump intends to nominate Andrew Pudzer as U.S. Secretary of Labor. That’s a move that will send shivers among many union activists and employee-side think tanks. California increasingly fancies itself an island unto itself, with its sheaf of laws that regulate various aspects of the employee-employer relationship. From mimimum-wage standards to occupational health

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California’s workers’ comp system is getting some bad press. I’m referring to the news that a year after the San Bernardino terrorist massacre, victims who worked for the county are having trouble getting their treatments approved. This story broke after the San Bernardino Press Enterprise published a piece featuring interviews with victims who were having trouble

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The California DWC’s latest report on Independent Medical Review (IMR) is now out (see link below). The report analyzes data on IMR during 2014 and 2015. What can we learn from it? There’s clearly an unremitting high volume of disputes over treatment denials by UR. The gross number of IMR applications averaged over 20,000 a

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I never actually thought I would be writing this column. Pundits and pollsters minimized the chance of a Trump victory. Recently I attended an event at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The speaker, Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe, somewhat smugly assured the crowd of what they wanted to hear, i.e. that there was

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Sometimes legislation sort of flies under the radar. Stakeholders keep their eye on the  bills that have major consequence, and the small bills don’t get attention. But sometimes small packages can accomplish good things. So it was this year with AB 2164 (O’Donnell and Cooper), a bill to amend California Education Code 68120(a)(4). This is

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