Workers' Compensation Section
News from the Section
Save the Date: Spring Education Conference 2017
The Workers' Compensation Section Spring Education Conference will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in San Francisco. Mark your calendars! Details to come.
Nominations Sought for the 2017 State Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2017
There are five separate award categories.
Attorney Nominations: Knowledge of the law, professional courtesy, community service, professionalism, recent contributions to the practice of workers’ compensation, service to client, and advocacy skills.
Judicial Nominations: Knowledge of the law, temperament, courtesy, timeliness of decisions, judicial integrity, clarity of decisions, community service, professionalism, contribution to the practice of workers’ compensation, and availability to the parties.
Lifetime Achievement Nominationas: Knowledge of the law, community service, professionalism, and significant lifetime contributions to the practice of workers’ compensation.
Young WC Lawyer: For the Young Lawyer award, please limit your nomination to a lawyer who has been in practice for five years of less, or who is 35 years of age or younger.
Submit your nominations on the 2017 Nomination Form.
On-line Billing and Payment for 2017 Fees
The State Bar will be launching a new on-line billing and payment application for 2017 fees. Paper billing statements will not be sent to members. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile. Individual members will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for State Bar communications is up to date.
Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.
Please be sure your Section Membership Fees are included in your payment.
Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.
The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone. When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians. Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.
It is anticipated that the on-line agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by mid-December.
Go to calbar.ca.gov for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 1-888-800-3400.
Top Ten Developments in 2016 by Julius Young
2016 is done, so its time to look at the Top 10 developments in California workers’ comp during 2016.
1. DWC regulatory activity continued, although at a slower pace than prior years.
The primary 2016 regulatory developments were the adoption of MTUS chronic pain and opioid guidelines (in effect as of July 2016) and the ongoing development of a prescription drug formulary. After a February forum on the formulary and a mid-year interim report on creation of a formulary, in August 2016 the DWC posted a draft formulary online. With the DWC required to meet a July 2017 statutory deadline for operation of the formulary, rule making will begin in early 2017. Guidelines on occupational asthma and MTUS mental illness/stress were the subject of DWC forums during 2016, but not yet at the formal rule making stage. Further proposed amendments to draft home health care fee schedule regulations were posted in September 2016 but apparently not finalized in 2016 (and curiously, are no longer on the DWC website as of this posting). And at year’s end the DWC forwarded to the OAL proposed emergency rules to comply with AB 1244 which requires that fraudulent doctors be suspended from participation in the comp system. Read more
MEMBERS ONLY: List of CLE webinars and Substantive Law Articles Available FREE on State Bar Website
As a benefit of Section membership, the state bar is pleased to offer six hours of MCLE credit, offering credit in all of the MCLE subfields, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress and Legal Ethics. Just watch these programs found at the link below, and keep a record of having done so, in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.
State Bar Workers’ Comp Section members may also use this link to access a plethora of our most popular articles from our publications.
Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
See Online CLE and click on Workers' Compensation to find out how you can get online participatory MCLE credit for Workers' Compensation programs at your convenience. Choose from a wide selection of State Bar of California MCLE programs at both modem and broadband connection speeds. For information about other options for CLE credit, see Education .
Save Money with CEB
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, you're eligible for:
- 10% off selected CEB print or online books
- A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket
A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area . Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site .
Workers' Compensation Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639