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    CAAA Applauds Governor Newsom for Enacting Executive Order to Protect Essential Workers

    The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians who get injured at work, released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of an executive order today that helps protect frontline workers who contract COVID-19 on the job: “We applaud Governor Newsom for enacting an executive order to ensure essential workers […]

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    • POSTED: April 14, 2020
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    COVID-19 Information for Employers and Employees

    The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency has released updated information and resources for workers and employers impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for more information: labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019 In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor has released updated information to help with recent nationally enacted legislation, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. For more information, […]

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    • POSTED: April 6, 2020
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    Immigrant Workers’ Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19

    Insurance Commissioner Lara Issues Alert About Immigrant Workers’ Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19 Exposure or Illness LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today alerted insurance companies that all workers affected by COVID-19 on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of their immigration status. This includes workers engaged in […]

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    • POSTED: March 24, 2020
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    California isn’t ready to increase unemployment benefits in coronavirus crisis, analyst warns

    If California wants to increase unemployment insurance benefits to help workers cope with the economic fallout from the new coronavirus, the higher payments could be delayed up to a year because the state employment department isn’t prepared for the job. A new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found the information technology systems at […]

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    • POSTED: March 24, 2020
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    Wait for first California jobless benefits could be ‘much longer’ than 21 days amid coronavirus

    An unemployed worker in California will likely find their first benefit payment will take “much longer” than the typical 21 days, according to a report from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office report released Monday. Under normal economic conditions, the state Employment Development Department “typically issues about 80 percent of first benefit payments within 21 days […]

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  • BACK & NECK INJURY AT WORK

    WORKERS COMP ATTORNEY IN SACRAMENTO Back & Neck Injury at Work Back and neck injuries are some of the most serious and potentially life-threatening injuries given the sensitivity of the spinal cord and the central nervous system. Suffering any type of injury in general could be a traumatic experience but getting injured while on the […]

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  • WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IS ABOUT TO BE TRANSFORMED

    Workers’ compensation is the largest premium segment in the U.S. commercial insurance market. Workers’ compensation, mandated by law in 49 U.S. states to provide employer reimbursements for injuries occurring in the course of employment, represents one of the largest nondiscretionary expenses for labor-centric firms. Yet these premiums are dwarfed by the overall cost of occupational […]

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  • MOST COMMON OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESSES

    SACRAMENTO WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEY Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Occupational illnesses occur when an event or exposure occurs in the workplace, resulting in the development or worsening of a medical condition. Workplace accidents can happen to anyone even at the most unexpected time. Though some workplaces are more prone to occupational accidents, such as construction and […]

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    • POSTED: September 1, 2019
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    WHAT IS THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (“OSHA”)?

    SACRAMENTO WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEY OSHA is the government body that ensures the Occupational Safety and Health Act is followed and adhered to. The act was signed into law by Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970, and it set federal rules and regulations to inform employees of on the job hazards, and ensure that employers do […]

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  • MOST COMMON CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS

    SACRAMENTO WORK INJURY LAWYER Construction workers risk injury every day In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were 774 deaths due to an accident on construction sites. This is more than 18 percent of all on-the-job fatalities of 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also found that 4% of construction workers […]

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  • CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM PROCESS

    SACRAMENTO WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER Workers’ Compensation Claims in Sacramento, California No one expects to go to work and get injured, except maybe individuals in the rare “most dangerous jobs” category. Though your job may come with some amount of risk, most people are under the impression that it will never happen to them. Unfortunately, job […]

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  • WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD

    Sacramento Workers Comp Attorney Workers compensation is insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured in the course of employment. Any fraud that is committed with workers compensation can have serious repercussions. Since 1991, the California State Legislature and insurance industry programs have been working together to fight fraud and […]

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  • Flash Report: 2019 Rate Cut Deeper Than Carriers Wanted

    Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ has made the rate decision. It is the last of his tenure. It calls for an 8.4% cut in California’s workers’ comp advisory pure premium rates. The change is effective for policies that renew or incept on or after Jan. 1, 2019. California Employers will be happy. The cut is far […]

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  • WE’RE STILL WAITING…

    Senate Bill 1160, signed into law in 2016, increased control of medical lien claims in exchange for less restrictive Utilization Review (UR) at the start of the claim. It also required accreditation by July 1, 2018, for any utilization review organization operating in California to ensure they issue timely decisions, review all pertinent medical records, […]

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  • IMPORTANT NEW NUMBERS

    The numbers in the insurance industry’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s latest report tell a story… The average rate charged to employers per $100 of payroll is down 10% in the last year and down 17% since 2015. The average indemnity pay out to our clients is up 13% in the last 5 years. Insurance […]

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  • Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect

    WASHINGTON — Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. The announcement by the senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, left their leaders […]

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  • New OSHA rule heightens work-injury reporting mandates

    On behalf of Gary Nelson at Law Office of Gary C. Nelson The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues rules affecting the workplace to ensure safe working environments. The agency recently issued a new rule that changes certain reporting mandates The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is a federal agency referred to as OSHA within […]

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  • Kickbacks, Bribes, and the Horrifying Truth Behind California’s Largest Medical Fraud Scandal

    Ron Calderon sat alone in the New Deal-era federal courthouse at Spring and Temple streets in downtown Los Angeles. Moments before, this scion of a California political dynasty had strolled through the room’s big Wizard of Oz double doors, his suit jacket open to expose a generous girth, as though he were casually stepping onto […]

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  • Prince Died From Accidental Overdose of Opioid Painkiller

    Prince, the music icon who struggled with debilitating hip pain during his career, died from an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a type of synthetic opiate, officials in Minnesota said Thursday. The news ended weeks of speculation about the sudden death of the musician, who had a reputation for clean living but who appears to […]

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  • Prince’s Addiction and an Intervention Too Late

    Prince appears to have had a problem with pain pills, one that grew so acute that his friends turned to an addiction doctor just before his death. CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince Rogers Nelson had an unflinching reputation among those close to him for leading an assiduously clean lifestyle. He ate vegan and preferred to avoid […]

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