Copy Service Fee Schedule Still in Play

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is reviewing pages of comments and over an hour of public testimony that offered both support and criticism of its proposal to update California’s copy service fee schedule. The proposal would increase the flat-fee payments by $45 or 25% and institute a new meet and confer process intended to cut … Read More »

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Forum Conveniens

To the casual observer, it may seem like a contradiction. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) gave notice that it was going to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure, … Read More »

Intended Consequences

Earlier this year, April 1st to be exact, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) adopted changes to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS). This is the schedule governing the payment of … Read More »

Return-To-Work Fund Edged Towards Full Expenditure Before Pandemic

The Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms created a special $120 million fund to give supplemental payments to injured employees who could not return to their at-injury employer. Eligible injured employees who apply get $5,000 each, but the program has never spent all that it has to give. Could this be the year? Not likely, … Read More »

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Fact Checking

As noted in the last edition of this publication, the latest existential threat to California’s workers’ compensation system is Assembly Bill 1465 co-authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San … Read More »

Recall Déjà Vu’

In 2003, proponents of the recall of Governor Gray Davis stated, as part of their justification for the recall:   “Over 296,000 good paying jobs have left California…and more are … Read More »

DWC Moves Controversial Med-Legal Fee Update

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is pushing through the latest draft of its proposed – and controversial – med-legal fee schedule (MLFS).  There are concerns it will increase costs more than projected and create new points of friction in the system. The flat fee proposal submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for an … Read More »

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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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