Listen to the Experts

The latest iteration of the readoption of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is now being reviewed by the Office … Read More »

Conoravirus Death Claims

California’s workers’ compensation system has received reports for 59,559 cases alleging a workplace injury due to COVID-19. But nearly 30%, some 17,690, tested negative and were rejected.  The filings equal 11% of all workers’ comp claims so far this year but the number is only 8% after the rejected are removed. The concentration of COVID-19 … Read More »

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All I Want For Christmas

The 2020 Holiday Season will not be a particularly festive one for employers in California. The reasons are many and varied – most centered on the ongoing personal and economic … Read More »

Masks Now Required Everywhere in California

California Governor Gavin Newsom is ordering Californians to wear face coverings in most indoor settings – including offices and clients calls – and many outdoor ones. New guidance from the California Department of Public Health outlines when masks or cloth face coverings are required to assist in limiting the spread of the coronavirus that came … Read More »

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Early COVID-19 Claims Accepted And Denied

The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers’ comp claims remains to be seen. Still, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute says a review of early claims show the majority were accepted or were only denied when the employee tested negative for the coronavirus. Many other claims were still under investigation at the time of … Read More »

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California Data Shows COVID-19 Claim Denials

Roughly one in five workers’ comp claims related to the Coronavirus pandemic was denied. Nearly 5,100 California workers filed such workers’ comp claims through the end of May. Workers’ Comp Executive requested the data from the state’s workers’ comp database weeks ago. However, the rate of denials dropped off sharply as more is learned about … Read More »

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California To Quarantine People At Risk of Ebola

Responding to the ongoing threat posed by the West African Ebola outbreak, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is establishing statewide protocols for quarantining suspected cases and those at highest risk of contracting and/or spreading the disease. The outbreak has already sickened health care workers in the United States and prompted Australia to completely … Read More »

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