California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Reacts to California Supreme Court’s “Baker” Decision on Cost of Living for Disabled Workers

Disability Compensation will not keep pace with inflation The California Supreme Court issued its decision today in Baker v. WCAB, addressing the issue of when the cost of living adjustments (COLA) contained in Labor Code Section 4659(c) are first calculated for payments of permanent total disability...

U.S. Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2013 COLA Calculations

[ Editor's Note: This blog post has been corrected .] Unfortunately when I initially looked at the Dept of Labor site for this information, the link for last year’s information took me to the 4th quarter, not the first quarter. This resulted in a rather significant understatement of the...

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2013 work...

California: Calculating the Attorney’s Fee

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance. Several recent panel decisions have dealt with the issue of calculation of attorney’s fees. In some cases, the WCAB has awarded higher fees than the WCJ. In other cases, the WCAB has drastically...