Just when the comp community thought furloughs were over, they're back again.
The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the legality of last year's furloughs. But that case will not be decided for some time.
With efforts to reduce state worker pay to minimum wag
ANOTHER WORKERS' COMP REFORM COMING?
We're heading to mid-summer.
Many of us have more interest in the ice cream flavors at the shop down the road than we do in what workers' comp cases are up on a writ or when that think tank is releasing another study.
Gotta hand it to California. We are cutting edge
"Workers' comp insurance becomes money loser"......
That's the title of a piece released today by Dan Walters, veteran political columnist of the Sacramento Bee.
Walters is widely admired in Sacramento and other political circles for his decades of experienc
THE COMING DOCTOR SHORTAGE
Flash from the workerscompzone green eyeshades department, always seeking out future trends for your reading pressure,,,,er, pleasure.
30% of California doctors are over 60 years old. That's well above the national average.
Six out of nine California regions now have a pr
That's the deadline for comment on the latest version of the California physician fee schedule. An earlier version of of a revised physician fee schedule has been modified.
The initial proposal was supposedly "budget neutral". With this new version, cost
Many of my Northern California readers know that all roads run through Oaktown.
Not literally, of course, but Oakland, site of my Boxer & Gerson office, really is the heart of the Bay Area. It's where the burbs of CoCo County meet, where the North Bay begins to transition into th
Last month I noted in a post "Nail Biters" that Assemblywoman Mary Salas had nudged out former Assemblyman Juan Vargas in a race for the Democratic nomination in the 50th Senate District.
Not so. The margin between Salas and Vargas was not more than a few hundred votes. As some
Hey, it's not Aaron Burr versus Alexander Hamilton. No dueling pistols here.
But we are in modern times. We have dueling lawsuits.
This time it's Arnold Schwarzenegger versus State Controller John Chiang.
Schwarzeneger has filed to get a court order to forc
TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT
As a blogger on California workers' comp issues, I sometimes get interesting calls.
Yesterday's call? From doctor's group (to protect confidentiality, I'll mask any particularizing details).
The medical practice is debating whether to join an MPN and whether
CLOSER TO REALITY?
State Controller John Chiang says he'll continue to resist Schwarzenegger's efforts to impose the minimum wage on state workers as long as there is no state budget.
But Chiang now has to devise a legal strategy to deal with the California Court of Appeal 3rd District decision re
BREAK OUT THE VALIUM
Today Governor Schwarzenegger made good on this threat to cut state employee salaries if there's no state budget.
Schwarzenegger has ordered most state worker pay cut to the federal minimum wage until there is a budget. That is likely to be after a long, hot summer.
- FURLOUGHS AGAIN