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    The California Supreme Court recently changed how companies classify workers as independent contractors vs. employees. The Court instituted an “ABC” test, similar to those currently in use in Massachusetts and New Jersey, to replace the prior 10-factor test for determining employee status. The ABC test is much simpler and considers a worker as an independent… Read More

    Legislation to make sure that women with work-related breast cancer aren’t shortchanged on Workers’ Compensation (WC) claims is one step closer to being enacted. A KUSI Newsroom update reported that the bill, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, intends to remedy current state WC practices that do not conform to guidelines established by the… Read More

    Greyhound Customized Ergonomic Training Reduces Injuries

    By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 21, 2017
    In Social Security Disability

    With tailored ergonomic training, Greyhound Lines Inc. has reduced its Workers’ Compensation claims by 60% over the past 6 years. 70% of the company’s injuries are related to materials handling including lifting, twisting, pushing and pulling. With 7,000 employees, the company experienced 745 injuries in 2010, mostly musculoskeletal. That number was dramatically reduced to 295 in 2016…. Read More

    Seven workers were hurt in a Los Angeles construction accident when a section of the floor they were working on collapsed. According to an LA Downtown News report, the construction accident occurred at the South Park housing project in Downtown Los Angeles. Officials say a section of the second floor that was about 30-by-20 foot in size… Read More

    In 2012, a new medical review process was created to streamline disputes over approved care. The new law allowed independent doctors to resolve disputes without getting judges involved. According to Rawstory.com, however, the change led to tens of thousands of injured workers being denied treatments that were recommended by their physicians. The law also made insurers… Read More

    New Workplace Safety Measures for Film Sets

    By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 5, 2015
    In Workers Compensation News

    The majority of Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) news headlines involve safety hazards at construction sites, factories, and manufacturing plants. There are many other types of workplaces, however, where employees are put in hazardous situations. Some of these industries require additional regulations and oversight to prevent accidents. The film industry, for example, now has a… Read More

    Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation workers will be receiving $26 million from the city because they were not allowed to nap during meal breaks. Out of context, the subject of the agreed settlement sounds trite, but the lawsuit brought by the workers raised very serious issues concerning worker safety and fatigue. The sanitation department has… Read More

    A new survey conducted by FindLaw.com says that 21% of Americans have suffered an injury on the job that was severe enough to make them take time off from work. The survey, which asked 1,000 employees about their workplace experiences, broke down what the most common workplace injuries are, who suffered them, and who didn’t report an… Read More

    The California Supreme Court recently ruled that medical reports made by out-of-network doctors can be used as evidence in workers’ compensation cases in California. The case heard by the California Supreme Court involved a worker who was injured when she fell while at work. She was first seen by a doctor in her employers’ medical… Read More

    The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently released the first of several new regulations designed to implement the recent changes to workers’ compensation laws that were passed by the state legislature. The new workers’ compensation law increased permanent disability benefits, created an independent medical panel to review injuries, and made changes to lien and… Read More

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