A big study on California cumulative trauma claims has just been released by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI). These claims, known as CT claims, are essentially occupational wear and tear claims, including occupational disease claims. As the report points out, California does not have the limitations on these claims that many other states impose,

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Workers’ comp will see some significant tidying up in 2017. Marie Kondo’s widely read book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” advises us to take an inventory and toss those things in our lives that don’t bring us joy. And so it was in 2016 that California workers’ comp stakeholders and legislators finally recognized

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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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