1. Special Report: Applied Materials v. WCAB – Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeal Holds Physician Misconduct is Compensable but Also Upholds Fitzpatrick

    On June 1, 2021, the 6th Appellate District Court of Appeal certified for publication its decision in Applied Materials et al. v. WCAB. In that case, the 6th District Court of Appeal issued a lengthy 73-page decision addressing multiple issues raised by the parties. However, the decision is most sig…Read More

  2. Employer Alert: California Employers Must Provide 80 Hours of Paid COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

    On March 19, 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 95, which extends and expands the requirement for employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees affected by COVID-19. The law places new paid leave requirements on most California employers, and it requires their immediate atte…Read More

  3. Special Report: Employer-Provided Vaccines and Workers’ Compensation Liability

    Register to Attend a Webinar on This Topic — January 20, 2021 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Part 22: COVID-19 Update – Vaccines: Employer Mandates and Compensability Employer-Provided Vaccines An employer arranges vaccinations for its employees. A health-care employer provides its employees with vaccin…Read More

  4. What Do California Employers Need To Know About COVID-19?

    MS&A General Managing Partner Eric De Wames provides in-depth insight into what California employers need to know about COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has created hardships for millions of Americans. Business owners face tremendous challenges to their bottom line, as well as employment practice…Read More

  5. Special Report:DWC/WCAB Expand Hearing Options – Effective Sept. 14th

    DWC/WCAB Expand Hearing Options Effective September 14 On Sept. 9, 2020, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) announced changes to the upcoming hearing schedule at district offices.[1] Notably, effective Sept. 14, 2020, the DWC will resu…Read More