Officials at California’s Department of Industrial Relations authorized a DIR employee to access an e-mail exchange of at least one WCAB commissioner. This story has come to light after a whistleblower provided documents to a number of workers’ comp stakeholders and media outlets last week. The story is covered in a piece today by Workcompcentral
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Journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting have recently published an analysis of alleged widespread safety issues at the Fremont, California plant where Tesla cars are built (see link to the article at the bottom of this post). In 2017 I posted on a Worksafe think-tank study analyzing Tesla’s safety record: http://www.workerscompzone.com/?s=Tesla The recent CIR report
RAND has now delivered to CHSWC a draft report on the California Return to Work Supplement Program. The report (see the bottom of this post) on the RTWSP has now been uploaded to the CHSWC website, with public comments due by May 7, 2018. RAND’s Michael Dworsky presented slides and a summary of the draft
Christine Baker, the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, has resigned as of Friday March 30. In a Friday afternoon e-mail to DIR employees, Baker announced that she is retiring. The note does not address whether her retirement is effective immediately nor the factors that led to the decision, be they personal or
April 1, 2018 is just around the corner. That’s when the new California workers’ comp prescription formulary will take effect for pre-2018 injuries. Under the DWC regs (see link at bottom of this post) doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018 detailing weaning and tapering plans for non-exempt, unlisted or compound drugs.