I’ve been covering the ongoing Uber litigation in California because  there has been intense interest in how the judicial system is going to deal with the issue of whether gig workers are independent contractors or employees. To my knowledge there have yet to be any WCAB panel decisions on this issue regarding gig economy companies.

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SB 482 (Lara) is one of many bills whose fate rests with Governor Brown. The bill is essentially a due diligence bill. Prescribing doctors would be required to check a database before prescribing or continuing opioids under certain circumstances. There are several well-publicized concerns surrounding opioid prescriptions. One concern is that some patients might be

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AB 2086 is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. But we’ve been here before. Last year it was AB 1542. I’m talking about legislation to restore neuropsychology as a QME specialty. The issue is of some importance because more research is coming to light that highlights the importance of neuropsychology issues in head trauma cases, particularly

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SB 1160 (Mendoza) continues to march on. Following a hearing held today at the California Assembly insurance committee, the vote was unanimous to pass SB 1160 out of committee. The list of supporters who testified or indicated support included a who’s who of labor and employer side lobbyists. Among them was Christy Bouma (California Firefighters),

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Those following the Uber class action  litigation will be interested to see that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen rejected the proposed class action settlement. Here is the opinion: UberClassActionSettlementRejection(8.18.16) Julius Young www.workerscompzone.com www.boxerlaw.com