WCAB Panel Overturns Order Delaying Remote Trial

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued a significant panel decision that sends a case back to the workers’ comp judge directing he hear arguments about whether a trial can proceed remotely. The decision overturned the workers’ comp Judge’s order suspending trial until testimony could be heard in person. The decision in Limin Gao v. Chevron … Read More »

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Abuse Of Copy Service Rules

Employers and copy service providers over the years have aired a litany of complaints against each other over alleged billing and payment abuses. The state’s adoption of a new copy service fee schedule in 2015 eliminated some of the acrimony. But comments on the state’s proposed new workers’ comp copy service fee schedule update show … Read More »

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Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Disputes

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board struck down the agency’s regulations in an en banc decision saying the WCAB has exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate compensation claims. It concluded the Division of Workers’ Compensation overstepped its authority by making the agency’s administrative director the arbiter in disputes over Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB) eligibility. SJDB vouchers are … Read More »

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WCAB Limits Court Appearances & Filings

Responding to the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will begin limiting court appearances to protect health and safety of staff … Read More »

Legwork Begins To Replace WCAB’s Case Management System

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is seeking funds to begin planning for a replacement of the hodge-podge case management system the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has been using for over a decade. The Division is seeking $864,000 for this fiscal year and another $333,000 next year to conduct the initial planning, such as researching … Read More »

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WCAB Doubles Down On Inmate’s Right To SJDB Voucher

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals WCAB (WCAB) says the Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Directors have overstepped their authority in issuing regulations making the AD the arbiter of disputes over Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) benefits. The WCAB is preparing to hold that it alone holds the power to adjudicate compensation claims, including disputes over SJDB … Read More »

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