California: Supreme Court Decides Start Date for Life Pension COLA Calculations

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in Baker v W.C.A.B. (XYZZX) (previously Duncan v W.C.A.B.) finally determining the question pending since 1/1/03 with the passage of AB 749 and the amendment to Labor Code § 4659 providing for increases in the payments for life pensions as follows...

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...

California: Workers Lose COLA Case

Today the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case dealing with the start of COLA calculations for life pension and permanent total disability cases. The case, Baker v. WCAB (formerly known as the Duncan v. WCAB case and before that as the XYZZ case), is a big loss for severely disabled...

California: Supreme Court Declines Rehearing in Baker, Modifies Opinion Without Change in Result

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision denying the Petition for Rehearing filed by applicant in Baker v W.C.A.B. (XYZZX) . The court did make some modifications to its opinion that to some extent addressed the issues raised in applicant attorney’s Petition but to some extent the Court’s...

California: Supreme Court Declines Rehearing in Baker, Modifies Opinion Without Change in Result

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision denying the Petition for Rehearing filed by applicant in Baker v W.C.A.B. (XYZZX) . The court did make some modifications to its opinion that to some extent addressed the issues raised in applicant attorney’s Petition but to some extent the Court’s...

California: Baker Redux

The California Supreme Court has spoken again about COLAs. Call it Baker Redux. In response to a Petition for Rehearing filed by San Jose attorney Arthur Johnson, the California Supreme Court issued a modified opinion that can be found here: Baker v. W.C.A.B. Johnson's Petition for Rehearing...

California: Baker Redux

The California Supreme Court has spoken again about COLAs. Call it Baker Redux. In response to a Petition for Rehearing filed by San Jose attorney Arthur Johnson, the California Supreme Court issued a modified opinion that can be found here: Baker v. W.C.A.B. Johnson's Petition for Rehearing...

Rise and Fall of the COLA: How It Affects the Attorney’s Fee in California

Calculation of attorneys’ fees has always been a hot-button issue for the WCAB. When the calculation involves a lifetime award of permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, the issue ratchets up a notch. Lately, several conflicting panel decisions have issued discussing how an attorney’s...

California: Economists Wanted

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section 4659 (c). In the years immediately following the...

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...