A bill to loosen the cap on how long some disabled workers can draw temporary disability benefits advanced in a California Assembly committee today. The bill, AB 947 (Solorio), would add injuries that require treatment that cannot be medically completed within 104 weeks to a list of specified conditions that can qualify for a longer

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In our society we tend to take a lot for granted. We tend to think our rights and benefits will be there when we want then and when we need them. And it’s easy to forget the hard-won victories of the past that brought us where we are. As unions find themselves under attack in

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The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has unveiled a second research paper on opioid prescribing in the California workers’ comp system. The paper is titled ” Prescribing Patterns of Schedule II Opioids Part 2:Fentanyl Prescriptions in California Workers’ Compensation”. There has been increasing concern over the cost and increasing use of opioids in the system. The

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The current version of The Economist, a British weekly newsmagazine, features a graphic of a California surfer holding a deformed surfboard. The piece is entitled “Where it all went wrong: California offers a warning to voters all over the world”. The deflated phallic image highlights the current California predicament. Political gridlock, as legislative vote math

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In coming posts I’ll examine some of the workers’ comp bills that are bubbling through the legislative process. But overall it’s clear that this will not be a blockbuster year for any big changes in workers’ comp. The atmosphere in Sacramento is too poisonous, and workers’ comp is not high on priority lists. What are

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