Apr
20
2009
2

No, Seriously, It’s Free

PDRater: No Bills!

PDRater: No Bills!

To this day, most of the e-mails I receive are from people asking me some variation of “No, really, how much does it cost to use these calculators? When am I going to be charged? What’s the catch?”

I intend to keep all the calculators free for anyone who cares to use them. I have built this website because I really do enjoy the hell out of blogging about tech stuff and workers’ comp law, dissecting complex workers’ compensation math formulas, and building something useful to myself and other professionals. This is quite literally how I spend my free time. I’m just that nerdy.

Apr
15
2009
0

Tacks Day Again

Sometimes Tacks Day can be painful...

Tacks Day can be painful...

Tacks Day is upon us once again.

On the plus side, the Post Office will be open late.

Always a silver lining, eh?

Apr
14
2009
0

WCAB Solicits Amicus Briefs on Weiner VR Repeal Case

The WCAB is soliciting suggestions on vocational rehabilitation

The WCAB is soliciting input on vocational rehabilitation

The WCAB has just issued an “Order Allowing Amicus Briefs” (en banc) in the Weiner v. Ralph’s Company case.[1] The Weiner case is about the effect of the legislature’s repeal of Labor Code Section 139.5 as of January 1, 2009.  The repeal of this statute may have the effect of terminating all rights to vocational rehabilitation.

For the curious, you can download a copy of the Order Allowing Amicus Briefs (en banc) here:

The Board is allowing until May 11, 2009 for any interested party to file their own amicus brief on these Weiner vocational rehabiltiation issues.

  1. Photo courtesy of Mathoov []
Apr
09
2009
0

Bench & Bar Committee: Suggestions?

Probably not the WCABs idea of a bench and bar meeting...

"Hi, is this the room for the bench and bar meetings? I brought my brown bag lunch!"

I was recently invited to participate on the Oakland Bench & Bar Committee.  The first meeting of the rejuvenated committee is going to take place tomorrow. [1][2]

The committee includes a wide variety of stakeholders from the community – applicant, defense, lien claimants, and judges.  The purpose of this committee is to foster discussion of issues of concern to the WCAB Oakland district office and the community.

Ideas?

I realize this is short notice, but is there a topic/issue you would like brought up at the bench and bar meeting tomorrow?  Leave a comment or send me an e-mail!

  1. Nothing fancy – everyone’s bringing their own brown bag lunch. []
  2. Photo courtesy of zappowbang. []
Apr
06
2009
1

Ogilvie, Almaraz, & Guzman: Reconsideration Granted! Amicus Briefs Allowed!

Need more time to think about Ogilvie, Almaraz, and Guzman?

Need more time to think about Ogilvie, Almaraz/Guzman?

Sometimes even the WCAB needs more time to think.[1]

On March 26, 2009, the director of the Department of Industrial Relations, John C. Duncan, issued a letter to the entire Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board asking them to vacate their own decisions and solicit argument and amicus briefs.  Here’s a copy, courtesy of WCExec.com, the Letter from Director of DIR to WCAB re: Ogilvie and Almaraz/Guzman (3/26/2009).

On Monday April 6, 2009 the WCAB issued three Orders Granting Reconsideration and Order Allowing Amicus Briefs (en banc) in Ogilvie and Almaraz/Guzman.  For your review:

What does the Order Granting Reconsideration of Ogilvie and Almaraz/Guzman mean for you?

    1. Ogilvie and Almaraz/Guzman are still the law.  Despite Commissioner Aghazarian’s two concurring opinions, the WCAB did not issue a stay of either Ogilvie or Almaraz/Guzman.
    2. The WCAB has granted SCIF’s petition for reconsideration in Almaraz, granting reconsideration on their own motion in Guzman, and the parties’ petitions for reconsideration in Ogilvie.  They have granted reconsideration on these cases to, “afford us a sufficient opporutnity to study the issues.”[2]
    3. Any interested party may file an amicus brief no later than May 1, 2009 at 5pm.
      1. Photo courtesy of radiospike photography []
      2. Hence, the “The Thinker” reference above… []

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