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Hottest Year on Record Supports New Rules Protecting Workers from Heat Injury

According to scientists, the 2023 calendar year will likely go down in the record books as the hottest year ever. (Guardian 11/8/2023) . Though extreme heat dramatically affects the planet in many ways, it also affects workers who can die or be seriously injured and disabled by heat- related injuries. In 2022, the California Legislature Read More

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Drug Users as a Protected Class? Employers’ New Obligations Under the Marijuana Use “Anti-Discrimination” Laws; and California’s Narrow Escape from Legal Psychedelic Mushrooms

Employers must be aware that many aspects of law and society are quickly evolving and old “norms” may not be reliable for dealing with employees in California. This is particularly true regarding use of illicit drugs like marijuana and psychoactive mushrooms. Recently, the California Legislature passed a bill permitting use and possession of certain hallucinogenic Read More

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Can a Finding of a “Synergistic Effect” Allow the Use of a Different Method Than the Combined Value Chart (CVC) to Combine Impairments?

CVC: The “Traditional” Method. In general, when you are injured, you will be given an impairment rating by a doctor for that injured body part, which determines the amount of disability benefits you get depending on your impairment rating. The ratings for injuries are expressed as a percentage from 0% (no disability) to 100% (permanent Read More

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Electronic Grace Notice and Replacement Loans

Electronic Grace Notices Pawn brokers and software developers are creating different ways to execute online transactions between pawn brokers and borrowers. Pawn brokers may now use third-party software applications or create their own program for executing such transactions. In any event, below is a process that pawn brokers should follow to validly deliver an electronic Read More

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Off Duty Injuries

Today’s topic is of off duty injuries (which may be compensable). Generally, liability for compensation, without regard to negligence, exists against an employer, for injuries arising out of the voluntary participation of an off-duty recreational, social, or athletic activity, that are reasonably expected or that are expressly (or impliedly) required by the employment. See Labor Read More

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What is Permanent Disability and How is it Determined?

Some work injuries are minor, but some leave you with a long-lasting disability that affects you for life. Permanent disability benefits generally compensate those who are not expected to fully recover from their work injury. However, there are certain requirements in order to obtain a permanent disability status before you can get compensated. Permanent Disability Read More

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Specific VS. Cumulative Injury

Welcome to our informative blog where we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of workers’ compensation. In this post, we will be shedding light on a frequently misunderstood topic: the distinction between specific injuries and cumulative injuries. Our aim is to explore the key differences between these two types of injuries by providing illustrative examples, Read More

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How to Make Your E-signature Bulletproof: California Uniform Electronic Transactions Act’s Special Requirements

Humankind is in a rapid transition to an intangible cloud-based lifestyle, and society continues to be presented with issues caused by such change. Smartphone applications now allow individuals to create and disburse deep fake videos, celebrity audio voice overs, and fabricated images at the palm of their hands. The issues caused by such power not Read More

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New California Laws Likely to Move Sex-For-Hire Out from Behind Closed Doors and into the Open Streets and Public Spaces: Best Practices for Sex Workers

Two new California laws, when taken together, create a strong legal incentive for prostitutes to move their services out from behind the closed doors of hotel rooms and out onto the streets, public busses and trains, and park benches. The first law (Assembly Bill 1788), passed in the 2022 California legislative session and signed into Read More

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Predesignating a Personal Physician and Why Do Most Not Do It

Under the California Workers’ Compensation system, an employee is permitted to select his or her own personal doctor or medical group to provide medical treatment after a work-related illness or injury. The catch is that the employee must designate the personal physician before a work injury occurs. If an employee does not properly designate a Read More

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