New WCAB Commissioners Step Through Confirmation

The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Deidra Lowe be approved by the full Senate to a second term as a commissioner on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and that Jose Razo be confirmed for his initial term. Razo was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown last May and Lowe was reappointed at the … Read More »

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Take Two Aspirin

In the closing hours of the legislative session, the eyes of Sacramento, much of California, and possibility parts of the world were on Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015.

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Leg Counsel Slaps de Leon – Saves Employers $240 M

The Department of Industrial Relations took heat from applicant attorneys for not collecting hundreds of millions more from employers to fund the SB 863 mandated return-to-work fund, but its actions have been vindicated. The Legislative Counsel’s office says that it’s “more likely than not” that a court of law would back the Department’s funding approach … Read More »

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Top Workers’ Comp Stories of 2013

Workers’ comp reform and the fight for and against it remained a dominant headline throughout 2013 but it was far from the only dynamic at play in the California workers’ comp system. Political intrigue gripped the State Capitol amid leaked allegations of bribery, political corruption and a pay to play scheme with direct ties to … Read More »

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Sen. Ron Calderon Seeks Contempt Charges For Leaked FBI Affidavit

In a bold and daring move embattled Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) is fighting back and is asking a federal court to hold the government in contempt for violating a federal magistrate’s order – in other words leaking – a sealed FBI affidavit. The Senator has also blown the whistle on the FBI’s request that he … Read More »

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