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August 28,

Katherine Zalewski Designated Chair of California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

August 8,
June 26,

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.

June 20,

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.

May 23,

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.