A professional hockey player’s attempt to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits for injuries suffered over the course of his career was ended by California’s highest court — capping a six-year battle during which Goldberg Segalla partner Joshua J. Roberts successfully defended our client every step of the way.
Articles Discussing California Workers' Compensation Claims.
In this episode, Jen discusses common misperceptions about workers’ compensation and employment laws.
The WCAB recently issued a panel decision, Abraham Christian v. Ring Security Agency, Inc., which awarded interest against a defendant despite its timely payment of attorney’s fees deriving from settlement.
On January 1, 2022, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board final rules went into effect in California. These rules were filed with the California Secretary of State on December 15, 2021. These rules were enacted due to the longevity and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules were enacted to clarify the process for remote hearings and electronic processes.
Under the California Workers’ Compensation Act (“the Act”), employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance for employee injuries or illnesses which “arise out of and in the course of” employment. The Act, first passed in 1911 and amended over the years by the Legislature, provides a comprehensive system for administering claims,
California Labor Code section 132a, the anti-retaliation provision of the state workers’ compensation statute, has commonly been used to support a tort claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Plaintiffs often argue at the demurrer stage that the California Supreme Court’s decision in City of Moorpark, 18 Cal. 4th 1143 (1998), provides the basis for such relief. City of Moorpark, however, never actually addressed the specific issue of whether Labor Code section 132a could properly form the basis for such a tort claim. A recent decision by a California Court of Appeal, Dutra v. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, No. C067169 (Sept. 26, 2012), focused on that inquiry and determined that a plaintiff cannot avail herself of section 132a as the basis of a tort action for wrongful termination. The Court of Appeal’s decision permits an employer to attack the complaint at its initial stages and close off an avenue commonly used by plaintiffs to maintain civil actions for wrongful termination claims related to workers’ compensation actions.