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Cal/OSHA Approves 3rd Revision of the Emergency Temporary Standards

Cal/OSHA Approves 3rd Revision of the Emergency Temporary Standards

On April 21, Cal/OSHA held a public hearing and re-adopted a modified version of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that originally went into effect on November 30, 2020. This third revision took effect on May 6, 2022 and will remain in place through December 31, 2022. The revised ETS can be found here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Apr212022-COVID-19-Prevention-Emergency-txtbrdconsider-3rd-Readoption.pdf.

An Analysis of  Death Claims’ Statute of Limitations

An Analysis of  Death Claims’ Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for pursuing death benefits is established in LC 5406. Except for LC 5406.5 and LC 5406.6 (which cover deaths from asbestos and HIV-related disease), proceedings for the collection of death benefits, per LC 5406(a), may be commenced one year from:

  1. the date of death when it occurs within one year from date of injury;
  2. the date of last furnishing of any compensation benefits, when death occurs more than one year from the date of injury; or
  3. the date of death, when death occurs more than one year after the date of injury and compensation benefits have been furnished.

MS&A Will Be at CAHR22 - Will We See You There?

MS&A Will Be at CAHR22 - Will We See You There?

The California HR (CAHR) conference is less than a month away – are you planning to attend? Michael Sullivan and Associates is a proud sponsor of this year's conference taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center May 8th through May 10th. CAHR22 offers education and an opportunity to network with HR professionals statewide. Hear speakers share their experiences on challenges affecting operations, regulatory changes, and best practices for managing human resources. PIHRA has designed this conference for both in-person and virtual attendees, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and find empowerment among your community. To register for the conference, go to https://cahrconference.org.

Designating Address, Fax Number or Email Address for Utilization Review

Designating Address, Fax Number or Email Address for Utilization Review

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) amended its Rules of Practice and Procedure to permit electronic service, including via email. The Labor Code, however, previously recognized electronic service of a request for authorization (RFA) for medical treatment. Specifically, LC 4610(i)(1) states: "The request for authorization and supporting documentation may be submitted electronically under rules adopted by the administrative director."

Urgent Report: DWC Announces In-Person Trials Starting March 21, 2022

Urgent Report: DWC Announces In-Person Trials Starting March 21, 2022

On March 9, 2022, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that in-person hearings will resume starting March 21, 2022, at almost all of the DWC district offices. The only exceptions are Eureka, which is now a completely virtual office, and satellite locations Bishop, Marysville, Chico and Ukiah, which also will remain virtual.

CMS Warns Against Using 'Non-Submit' and 'Evidence-Based' Medicare Set-Asides

CMS Warns Against Using 'Non-Submit' and 'Evidence-Based' Medicare Set-Asides

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) Reference Guide (Reference Guide). The latest version, Version 3.5, was published Jan. 10, 2022. The Reference Guide was updated to clarify the use of non-CMS-approved products to address future medical care.