Hiring Authority Restored at Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations is back in charge of recruiting, testing, and hiring its staff. The State Personnel Board voted unanimously to restore the authority it revoked following controversies surrounding a flawed exam process for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspectors. DIR lost its ability to independently run civil service examinations … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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DWC Issues Formal Proposal For Med-Legal Fees

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is moving forward with a formal proposal to give the state’s qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) a 25% pay raise – their first pay increase in well over a decade. Informal drafts previously circulated for public comment are highly controversial, generating hundreds of pages of comments. The formal proposal maintains much … Read More »

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State Auditor Faults DWC’s Handling of The QME System

The California State Auditor is taking the Division of Workers’ Compensation to task for what it calls its failed oversight of California’s qualified medical evaluator (QME) system.  The report faults the agency for not mounting an appropriate response to the declining QME population, for essentially abdicating its responsibility to police the quality of QME reports, … Read More »

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No Delays In Medical Care Found By State Auditor

A state audit of workers’ comp injuries suffered by workers and inmates alike at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was conducted. It found that medical treatment authorizations are occurring promptly and that many received immediate care for their injuries (see chart page 10). The Auditor’s findings are bad news for California Applicants’ Attorneys … Read More »

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