1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Changes to the California Family Rights Act

    Do You Know About the Latest Changes to the California Family Rights Act? Until now, under both the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) and its federal counterpart, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), employees have been able to obtain leave on behalf of only a limited number of fam…Read More

  5. Red Alert: WCAB Reinstates Some Rules Suspended Due to COVID-19

    On Oct. 27, 2020, the WCAB issued two en banc decisions reinstating specified rules that had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first decision, the WCAB rescinded its suspension of CCR 10755, CCR 10756, and CCR 10888 effective as of the date of the decision.[1] Those regulations …Read More

  6. Special Report: Temporary Disability Benefits Due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant financial consequences for many employers and employees. Due to the overall need to protect the public at large from the spread of COVID-19, the state of California and many local governments have issued stay-at-home orders, closing nonessential businesses o…Read More