1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Red Alert – April 27, 2020

    On April 24, 2020, the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) gave notice that it intends to file two emergency regulations on the medical-legal process.[1] To protect public health, on March 19, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring all individuals living in Califo…Read More

  4. Cal-Warn Act and COVID-19: What Governor Newsom’s New Executive Order Means for California Employers

    During this time of economic uncertainty, many employers are wondering what their options are in reducing employee hours, furloughs, or even layoffs. Before considering furloughs or layoffs, employers must consider their obligations under both the Federal and (unsurprisingly more restrictive) Califo…Read More