AN E-MAIL DRAMA

Officials at California’s Department of Industrial Relations authorized a DIR employee to access an e-mail exchange of at least one WCAB commissioner. This story has come to light after a whistleblower provided documents to a number of workers’ comp stakeholders and...

MORE ON TESLA

Journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting have recently published an analysis of alleged widespread safety issues at the Fremont, California plant where Tesla cars are built (see link to the article at the bottom of this post). In 2017 I posted on a...

RAND’S REPORT ON THE RETURN TO WORK FUND

RAND has now delivered to CHSWC a draft report on the California Return to Work Supplement Program. The report (see the bottom of this post) on the RTWSP has now been uploaded to the CHSWC website, with public comments due by May 7, 2018. RAND’s Michael Dworsky...

CHRISTINE BAKER RESIGNS

Christine Baker, the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, has resigned as of Friday March 30. In a Friday afternoon e-mail to DIR employees, Baker announced that she is retiring. The note does not address whether her retirement is effective...

THE OPIOID STUDY

April 1, 2018 is just around the corner. That’s when the new California workers’ comp prescription formulary will take effect for pre-2018 injuries. Under the DWC regs (see link at bottom of this post) doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018 detailing...

FRANK BRASS RETIRES

Frank Brass recently retired from the WCAB after over a decade and a half as a WCAB Commissioner.  The retirement, which occurred at the end of January 2018, has not been widely publicized. Workerscompzone wishes him all the best in his well-deserved retirement. Brass...

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