As a firm that both celebrates and finds strength in our diversity, SRTK is deeply saddened by the recent events in our communities across the US. We stand by those who are passionately yet peacefully opposing oppression of any form and we will continue to support our clients, team members, colleagues, and communities through a commitment to diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and the world.
California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) have announced updated hearing procedures, effective June 8th, in an effort to improve operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Emergency rules have been passed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to allow remote med-legal evaluation by AMEs or PQMEs while the stay at home orders are in effect. This emergency regulation may have the effect of speeding up the med-legal process which has been stalled somewhat under the stay at home orders.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, establishing a rebuttable presumption that a worker who tests positive for the virus contracted it arising out of and during the course of employment.