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Uber Continues To Be Challenged With Workers' Compensation Issue In Confrontation Of Independent Contractor Status Of Drivers. A Case In New York Will Be Heard Again In February.
By Lonce LaMon - January 17, 2017

A case involving Uber is being heard again by the New York state Workers’ Compensation Board on February 23rd 2017.  It was filed by Jorge Washington, a courier for Uber’s Rush and Eats delivery services. 

In July 2016, Washington fractured his finger while making a delivery.   He stated he filed the facts about the injury via the Uber app, but did not get a reply.   The injury occurred while he and a customer were together trying to open a stuck door in order that he could hand off a package. 

William Zachry Appointed Senior Fellow To Sedgwick Institute
By Lonce LaMon - January 13, 2017

A senior fellowship has been awarded to risk management expert William Zachry by the Sedgwick Institute.

Sedgwick established the institute in 2016 as an interdisciplinary community of experts dedicated to elevating the dialogue around issues affecting the risk and benefits industry. As a senior fellow of the Sedgwick Institute, Zachry will work with Director Chris Mandel and Senior Fellow Dr. Rick Victor to pursue research and provide thought leadership on industry issues. He will also serve as a senior adviser to Sedgwick's workers' compensation practice group.

Zachry is known throughout the risk management industry as a champion of workers' compensation reform. He serves on the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, California's largest provider of workers' compensation insurance; Zachry was appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. He also participated in the design and implementation of landmark regulations to bring greater equity to the California workers' compensation system.

Workers' Compensation Claims Institute Finds Lower Claims Costs In San Francisco Bay Area
By Lonce LaMon - January 9, 2017

A report by the Workers’ Compensation Claims Institute (CWCI) now indicates that residents of the San Francisco bay area account for 17.5 percent of California job injury claims but for only 15 percent of claims’ costs. 
The CWCI report cites as reasons:  
1. Faster notifications and less delay in initial treatment
2. Fewer medical visits and lower treatment costs
3. Less attorney involvement
4. Shorter claim durations
5. Fewer claims resulting in permanent disability.

California's Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) and Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) Amend, Add Forms for Lien Filings to Comply with Recent Legislation
By Lonce LaMon and Newsline from CA Department of Industrial Relations - January 3, 2017

The Division of Workers Compensation (DWC)and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) have made changes to lien and attorney fee disclosure statement requirements which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The changes were made to implement provisions of Senate Bill 1160 and Assembly Bill 1244. The changes are as follows:

  • In compliance with SB 1160, DWC has made available an amended lien form which includes the required declaration affirming eligibility under penalty of perjury per newly enacted Labor Code Section 4903.05(c) effective January 1, 2017.
  • All liens filed after January 1, 2017 must use this new form. The new lien form and the required declaration are now available for all e-filers and JET Filers. All filers that must pay the filing fee are required to fill out the declaration. Liens filed without the declaration will be dismissed.

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