Monthly Archives: May 2020

COVID-19 AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: AN OVERVIEW OF CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSED EMERGENCY TELEMEDICINE REGULATIONS

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is affecting communities across the country. In order to slow the transmission of the respiratory disease, the California Department of Public Health recommends social distancing. Public officials instructed everyone in the state to stay home except for essential needs. In an effort to facilitate social distancing, the Division of Workers’ Compensation […]

NEWSOM’S EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING COVID-19 PRESUMPTION FOR EMPLOYEES SUMMARIZED

By Michael J. Brady On May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order creating a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a compensable occupational disease for employees who contract the illness and have a positive test within 14 days of performing work at their place of employment. In effect, the Order shifts […]

SUPPLEMENTAL JOB DISPLACEMENT BENEFIT VOUCHER AND THE DENNIS DECISION

By Matthew J. Johns By now we are all familiar with the basic requirements to avoid liability for a supplemental job displacement benefit voucher: (1) An Offer of Regular, Alternative or Modified Work, (2) conforming to applicant’s work restrictions, (3) lasting at least 12 months, (4) for at least 85% of pre-injury wages (or 100% […]