GETTING THE STORY STRAIGHT
In a recent post ("When Push Comes to Shove"), I discussed the New York Times report on the incident when Meg Whitman apparently shoved an eBay subordinate.
Whitman has refused to give a full accounting of the incident or the ensuing out of court settlement with Young Mi Kim.
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE JUNGLE, BE PREPARED
Your intrepid blogger has just returned from the 2010 CAAA summer convention, held in Monterey.
For those in the trenches of comp practice, these are times of some ambiguity. It's an ambiguity that affects applicants and defendants, providing a fertile basis for settlement for creati
KEEP THE BUSINESS HERE
In these challenging economic times, you'd think that policymakers would want to keep as many jobs here in California as possible.
Good, skilled jobs. Like jobs for physician UR reviewers.
But currently utilization review docs don't have to be California licensed.
CLAIMS COSTS UP?
Your mind may well be on other things than comp.
It's summer, and you're trying to squeeze into last year's Speedo. You're trying to figure out whether the recovery is just around the corner or whether its another bear market just lurking.
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
Undoubtedly many of us in the workers' comp and employment law world are reading with great interest the revelation that Governor candidate Meg Whitman was involved in an alleged shoving incident while serving as CEO of eBay.
The story surfaced in the New York Times several days ago.
In a recent post. "Lower Still", I wrote about the precipitous decline in written premium in California's workers' comp insurance industry:
I noted that comp premium has fallen to $6.9 billion from over $16 billion in 200
THOSE PUBLIC PENSIONS
All indications are that public employee pensions will be a major issue in the upcoming Whitman Vs. Brown race. Workers' comp is unlikely to be high on the radar, but the public pension issue is being pitched by both Schwarzenegger and Whitman.
At a time of crushing budget shortfalls
ORANGUATANS ARE WE?
To the ramparts! All hands on deck!
We're under attack again....from Nevada. Californians-and our legislature-are pictured as a group of Orangutans.
Nevada? Things aren't going well there. With an unemployment rate of 13.6%, Nevada's jobless stats are worse tha
In two key California Democratic primary contests yesterday, candidates backed by labor and environmental advocates won tight victories over "business Democrats".
In Fremont, council member Bob Wieckowski eeked out a win over Garrett Yee. Yee, who had been a Republican several y
This is a week of anticipation.
Come June 10th, we'll finally see the Almaraz/Guzman case put to a test.
That's the day the California Court of Appeal 6th District hears arguments on the petition for writ that was filed. Whatever the 6th District court does may not be
Workers' comp written premium continues to fall in California, as the industry continues to shrink.
According to stats from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the California Department of Insurance, and the California Workers' Compensation Institute, 2009 was t
Two en banc rulings from the WCAB today.
One invalidates a section of QME regs which limited insurer access to QMEs where the claim is denied. The WCAB found Rule 30(d)(3) invalid. That's Mendoza vs. Huntington Hospital:
LOST AT SEA
Amid all the images of oil soaked marshes and gushing oil pipes in the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, it's easy to forget that this catastrophe killed
11 workers and injured at least 17 others.
Many of those were lost at sea.
America's tort system is villified by
- GETTING THE STORY STRAIGHT