Welcome to the Workers Compensation Law California blog. brought to you by the workers compensation experts at Michael Sullivan & Associates. Laws covering workers compensation in California are complex and numerous, and to understand them often requires the advice of lawyers who have had direct experience in tackling them head-on. Check back here regularly for articles, news, and updates on all aspects of workers compensation law in California, in addition to news about the law offices of Michael Sullivan & Associates.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Urgent Report: WCAB Issues Significant Panel Decision Holding That Trials Should Proceed Remotely Unless the Specific Facts of the Case Require a Continuance

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WCAB district offices have stopped conducting in-person trials since March 16, 2020. Beginning May 4, 2020, the WCAB began hearing trials on the cases-in-chief via individually assigned judges’ conference lines. On May 7, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executiv…Read More

  4. Urgent Report: DWC/WCAB Open District Offices for Walk-Through Settlements Effective Jan. 11, 2021

    Since March 2020, to protect the health and safety of staff and the community, the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) closed the district offices for in-person filing. The DWC has only allowed documents to be filed by via EAMS, JET file or by mail. On Dec. 15, 2020, the WCAB issued an en ban…Read More

  5. Special Report: The WCAB Prepares Local Offices for Walk-Throughs

    On Dec. 15, 2020, the WCAB issued its seventh en banc decision regarding COVID-19, “In Re: COVID-19 State of Emergency En Banc –– NO. 7.” This decision suspends CCR 10789(c) which applies to the assignment of judges for walk-through cases. The effect of this is to grant the local district of…Read More