Category Archives: COVID-19

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM ANNOUNCED COVID-19 EMERGENCY WILL END IN FEBRUARY 2023

In October, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the “End the COVID-19 State of Emergency.” The proclamation comes as part of the state’s more comprehensive “SMARTER Plan” for dealing with the public health threat posed by the virus going forward. The lifting of the COVID-19 State of Emergency in California does have some implications for workers’ […]

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION DEFENSE: TWO RECENT PANEL OPINIONS PROVIDE IMPORTANT GUIDANCE ON ELEMENTS REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH CAUSATION FOR ALLEGED WORKPLACE INFECTION

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit California in March 2020, occupational infections have been a big part of the discussion around workers’ compensation. Of course, occupational infection issues are by no means new in California. The law is clear: Workers’ compensation covers occupational infections—but the applicant must establish causation. There have been two recent panel opinions […]

CALIFORNIA REGULATORS RELEASE UPDATED COVID-19 EMERGENCY QME RULES FOR 2022

On January 18, 2022, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that updated COVID-19 related emergency regulations for Qualified Medical Evaluations (QMEs) are taking effect. The latest round of emergency regulations are set to last until July 19, 2022—with two separate 90-day extensions possible if deemed necessary. In this article, our Fresno workers’ compensation […]

FOUR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CHANGES TO KNOW ABOUT FOR CALIFORNIA IN 2022

Workers’ compensation is complicated. Most years bring some modest (or sometimes major) legal and legislative changes. Employers, claims administrators, and insurance companies should all understand their responsibilities under California law. In this blog post, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorneys highlight four key things to know about workers’ compensation laws and regulations for 2022. Average […]

REPORT: CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL STAYS ARE DOWN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit communities all around the globe. The outbreak has been a challenge for employers. According to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, more than 166,000 COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims have been filed in the state as of November 1, 2021. The top industry for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims are as follows: […]

CALIFORNIA DIR EXTENDS EMERGENCY QME COVID-19 REGULATIONS

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the COVID-19 surge driven by the Delta variant started to recede in California in September. Nonetheless, transmission of the COVID-19 virus remains a public health issue in Central California, throughout the United States, and around the globe. With this in mind, California regulators have once again […]

REPORT: CALIFORNIA’S CENTURY-LONG WORKERS’ COMPENSATION GRAND BARGAIN IS “UNDER SIEGE”

According to a report from Cal Matters, some questions are being raised about the state of California’s long-standing “grand bargain” between employers and employees on the matter of workers’ compensation. The report calls the grand bargain “under siege” in the era of the COVID-19 virus. In this blog post, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense lawyers […]

DWC ANNOUNCES RETURN OF IN-PERSON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION HEARINGS

On September 1, 2021, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that in-person hearings are scheduled to return in 30 days. As of October 1, 2021, in-person workers’ compensation hearings will return for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in California in March 2020. In this blog post, our California […]

WITH DELTA VARIANT SURGES COMES MORE COVID-19 RELATED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

According to data published by the California Department of Public Health, the Delta variant has quickly become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the state. It is now responsible for most COVID-19 cases in California. With the Delta variant surge has come another spike in COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense […]

LONG-HAUL COVID-19 CREATES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION UNCERTAINTY

According to reporting from Fortune Magazine, long-haul COVID-19 is creating some workers’ compensation-related challenges in California and throughout the United States. Below, our California workers’ compensation defense attorneys discuss long-haul COVID-19 and workers’ compensation claims. What is Long-Haul COVID-19? Also referred to simply as “long COVID” and “post-COVID-19 syndrome,” long-haul COVID-19 is a complex condition […]