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Governor's Budget Includes Funding for 8 New Judges

01/12/2024
The California Division of Workers Compensation would get eight new judges under a preliminary budget unveiled this week. The 291 billion budget Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed Wednesday includes more than 6.3 million for new hires within the Department of Industrial Relations including six

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Jose Razo Reappointed to WCAB

05/25/2022
California Gov. Gavin Newsom reappointed Jose Razo to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Jose Razo Razo was an associate attorney at work comp defense firm Laughlin Falbo Levy and Moresi when Newsoms predecessor appointed him to the WCAB in 2015. Before that Razo was a

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Even WCAB Judges Say They're Having a Hard Time Keeping Up With Comp Laws

01/14/2021
In July of last year Workers Compensation Appeals Board Judges Robert Rassp and Eric Ledger guessed that California would soon add at least 1 million employees to payrolls across the state thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill 5. I said definitely a million more Rassp said. After

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Newsom's Order Creating COVID Presumption Was Unconstitutional, Defense Firm Alleges

08/21/2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsoms executive order creating a COVID-19 presumption was unconstitutional because he doesnt have the authority to create workers compensation laws or change the Labor Code a Southern California-based work comp defense firm says. Gov. Gavin Newsom Attorneys

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En Banc WCAB Suspends Some Procedural Rules

03/19/2020
The Workers Compensation Appeals Board sitting en banc suspended four procedural rules as a result of the state of emergency California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared and because of cities instituting shelter in place orders in response to COVID-19. Wednesdays decision says the rule allowing

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DWC Gives Few Details on Plans to Combat Coronavirus After Postponing Conference

03/13/2020
Californias Division of Workers Compensation on Thursday announced that its annual Educational Conference planned for later this month in Los Angeles will be postponed after Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the cancellation of large events in response to the COVID-19 virus. But as sports leagues

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Budget Proposes $20M to Implement AB 5, Including $17.5M for DIR

01/13/2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed allocating more than 20 million to implement the new employee status test required by Assembly Bill 5 an amount nearly four times what legislative consultants projected in first-year costs. AB 5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez D-San Diego

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CWCI Reports 94.1% of Treatments Ultimately Approved

10/31/2019
in 2014. CWCI doesnt identify the providers. However Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this year a bill that will require the Division of Workers Compensation to post information about individual providers starting in 2024. SB 537 requires the DWC to provide utilization data for providers

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Brown Administration Had Unexpected Impact on Comp

11/15/2018
are singing the governors praises and advocates for workers are hoping theyll have more influence with Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. Jerry Azevedo a spokesman for the Workers Compensation Action Network said there wasnt a lot of information available in 2010 that would have allowed employers to

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