A second bill to enact a presumption that COVID illness is industrial has been introduced in California’s legislature. The bill, SB 1159 (authored by Senator Jerry Hill and co-authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly), would create a rebuttable presumption that for certain “critical workers”, COVID illness or death be deemed industrial. This would apply to critical

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The pressure on the California workers’ comp system to deal with the COVID-19 crisis is mounting. Should first responders, medical personnel and “essential workers” who are diagnosed with COVID receive a presumption that the virus was contracted at work? If there is no presumption, workers can still pursue a COVID claim, but they would have

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The WCIRB Governing Committee met this morning, with the public meeting featuring a presentation by WCIRB Chief Actuary David Bellusci. Following the meeting the Governing Committee went into closed executive session. But there were two main takeaways from Bellusci’s presentation. First, the WCIRB Actuarial Committee has unanimously recommended that there be no mid-year rate filing.

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Yesterday I did my first remote video deposition via Zoom. It went well. As the workers’ comp community looks at lockdowns and social distancing that may extend for months, workarounds and practical solutions are of great interest. At the moment, most workers’ comp attorneys are not meeting in person with clients or having the clients

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Absent action by the DWC, a lawsuit will be filed next week to force the hand of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation on the issue of video QME evals during the coronavirus crisis. My last post looked at the issue of video evals during the coronavirus emergency: http://www.workerscompzone.com/2020/03/24/video-evals-during-the-coronavirus-emergency/ On March 25, Woodland Hills attorney

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