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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An August 2019 California DWC proposal for a revised payment system for QMEs has again caused an uproar among doctors who perform evaluations in California workers’ comp cases. The proposed regulations (see link at the bottom of this post) are the subject of a DWC comment forum which closes on August 23, 2019. The proposal

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California’s new Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, is off to a shaky start. Lara is not directly involved in setting workers’ comp policy or administering California’s workers’ comp system, but he does have authority over setting recommended workers’ comp rates. And his office has oversight over some insurers and the policies they can sell. Lara is

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California has now adopted interim standards for worker smoke exposure. Those standards (see link at bottom of this post), promulgated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, will be in effect for a year. The major California wildfires over the last few years resulted in large portions of the state being swathed in

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