(Workerscompzone has been traveling in Israel...the last post was from Tel Aviv....in a few days the blog will return to regular commentary on important events in California workers' comp....)
Jerusalem....surely the most contested place on earth. Pretty much every inch of the old ci
(workerscompzone is traveling; today he is posting from Tel Aviv.....next week the blog will get back to the usual shenanigans in the California workers' comp world....)
January 18, 1991.....
I'll never forget that day. The California Applicants Attorneys Association
WRIT GRANTED IN GUZMAN
A writ has been granted in the Guzman case.
For non-lawyers out there, it means that the California Court of Appeal, 6th District (based in San Jose) has agreed to hear the case. In Guzman II the WCAB indicated that it will allow physicians to use all aspects of the AMA guides themselves
DAN WALTERS: WORKERS' COMP BATTLE AWAITS NEXT GOVERNOR
Dan Walters is California's most seasoned journalist covering the scene at the state capitol. Over the years Walters again and again has shown his grasp of the politics and personalities that animate the legislative scene.
So it's with interest that I note his piece in today
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
Could it be that Anthem Blue Cross has given the gift that keeps on giving?
Anthem Blue Cross recently announced rate hikes of as much as 39% for many of its 700,000 California customers. The company claims that troubled economy has caused many to drop coverage, leaving it with a sicker,
California is sure to have an interesting political season.
It's a novel campaign strategy: hold your fire to the end of the campaign, then let em' have it....
But that appears to be the Steve Poizner strategy against Meg Whitman:
Ideas that seem good don't always work out well in practice.
Today we see that the program to use Federal stimulus money to create jobs and save energy by weatherizing homes (at a $5 billion price tag) has bogged down. Instead of the projected 595,000 homes, less than 25,000 were wea
A LIMIT ON SURVEILLANCE?
It's always interesting to see what's going on in workers' comp in other states. I often follow comp developments in other states through e-mails from the Workers' Comp Executive and through news bits on Workcompcentral.com
In Colorado there's a move to limit vide
AN UNPLEASANT 4:30 CALL
It could have been any Friday. On this occasion it was an irate spouse on the voicemail. Something has to be done.
The spouse noted that pain meds prescribed for the worker were being denied at the pharmacy. The worker has been on a long list of medications for yea
A DANGER FOR WORKERS
One danger for workers is that a dispirited labor movement could decide to take a breather during the next election cycle.
Union activists staffed phone banks and walked door to door for Democratic candidates during recent election cycles. The rank and file union household vote went Demo
It's Wednesday, hump day.
Worker interests continue to get short shrift in Washington. While the President and Congress wrangle on a jobs bill to attack unemployment, the President's appointment to the National Labor Relations Board appears to be doomed.
THE COMMISH'S TROUBLE
It can't have been a good weekend for Insurance Commissioner Poizner.
The Super Bowl airwaves were full of Meg Whitman ads. Whitman refuses to debate Poizner at the Republican convention, but she has no problem getting up on TV.
Far behind in polling, Poizner has unleashed
In a stinging challenge to the California Division of Workers' Compensation, the Democratic legislative leadership has demanded answers as to the DWC's intentions regarding revision of the permanent disability rating schedule.
This story was revealed in a flash report late yeste
A few years ago I sat for dinner at a big birthday party with a group of friends. In the room there were a couple of psychologists.....an estate planning lawyer.....a doctor.... a real estate guy....a business consultant...
Looking around the room, everyone had some sort of challenge.
MEG WHITMAN CAMPAIGN JUMPS THE SHARK
Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign appears to have jumped the shark.
Whitman campaign advisor Mike Murphy has sent an e-mail to California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (Whitman's rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination), threatening Poizner if he does not re