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August 28,
2017

Hanna Brophy Opens New San Jose Office

Dear Clients and Friends,

I am delighted to announce the grand opening of our newest Hanna Brophy office located in San Jose. Right in the heart of downtown San Jose, this office location will be the flagship Hanna Brophy office for the South Bay, serving the San Jose and Salinas WCABs.

August 28,
2017

Cal/OSHA UPDATE: Significant Increases in Civil Penalties Slated for 2017

California is one of 22 states that maintain their own Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan. Cal/OSHA was enacted in 1973 pursuant to authority granted by Federal OSHA. The California plan must assure safe and healthful working conditions for all California employees through enforcement of effective regulations.

August 28,
2017

City of Jackson (Rice) Helps Defendants Fight for Non-Industrial Apportionment

On April 26, 2017, the Third District Court of Appeal issued its decision in City of Jackson v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (Rice) resolving the question whether “heritability and genetics” may be properly considered to apportion causation for a disability caused by a degenerative disease. (No. C078706, publication pending). The court answered the question in the affirmative.

August 28,
2017

DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2018

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that the 2018 minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2018. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $175.88 to $182.29, and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,172.57 to $1215.27 per week.

August 28,
2017

IMR Upheld as Constitutional Once Again June 26, 2017

Independent medical review (“IMR”) has survived another challenge in court. On June 14, 2017, the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review regarding the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision in Ramirez v. WCAB (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 205.