Multiple employers or insurers can be liable for a cumulative trauma (CT) injury, and it's common for employers or insurers to dispute whether and how much liability they have for such an injury. Pursuant to Labor Code 5500.5(a), liability for a CT injury is limited to employers who employed the worker during the one-year period immediately preceding the date of injury (LC 5412), or the last date of injurious exposure, whichever occurs first.
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Urgent Report: DWC Announces In-Person Walk-Throughs Starting 9/6
On August 9, 2022, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that all DWC district offices except Eureka will accept in-person walk-through documents beginning September 6, 2022, pursuant to CCR 10789. Eureka is permanently a virtual office and walk-through documents should be brought to the DWC Santa Rosa district office.
Time Extensions for Petitions for Reconsideration
Per Labor Code § 5903, a petition for reconsideration may be filed "[a]t any time within 20 days after the service of any final order, decision, or award made and filed by the appeals board or a workers' compensation judge." Although LC 5903 establishes a basic 20-day time period for filing a petition for reconsideration, most parties are given longer.
A Great Evening Watching the Rivercats Beat the Isotopes!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Sutter Health Park for the Sacramento Rivercats game last Friday! We hope you all enjoyed the food, drinks, fireworks... and watching the Rivercats beat the Isotopes (again)!
Padres v. Giants Game at Petco Park
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Petco Park for the Padres v. Giants game last Friday! It was a great game (especially for you Padres fans) and a great night of catching up over food, drinks, and friendly team rivalries!
Special Employment and Union Workers
When an employer lends an employee to another employer and both have the right to exercise certain powers of control over the worker, a "special employment" relationship arises. The employee can be held to have two employers — the original "general employer" and the second "special employer." If a special employment relationship is found to exist, both employers are jointly and severally liable for any injuries to the employee.
SCOTUS Rules Arbitration Agreements Can Waive PAGA Claims
In a highly-anticipated opinion released yesterday, Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that arbitration agreements between employers and employees can both send an employee’s claims under the Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA, to binding private arbitration and prevent the employee from litigating Labor Code violations allegedly suffered by other employees. The immediate effect is a win for California employers with properly drafted arbitration agreements, but the opinion may signal the start of a new phase in the long-running arbitration wars rather than the decisive victory some employers hoped for.
Friday's Promotion Party/Client Appreciation Event was a Huge Success!
Last Friday MS&A threw a party at Drake's Barn in Sacramento, to celebrate Serena Neves' promotion to Managing Partner and show our appreciation for our amazing clients. It was an epic evening of food, drink, and socializing. It was wonderful to spend time with each other face-to-face (finally!) and enjoy the beautiful evening together!