LexisNexis Announces New Editors-in-Chief: Richard Jacobsmeyer, Julius Young, Barry Bloom
This 31st edition marks a transition in the history of Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Handbook. Longtime author Stanford D. Herlick passed away in 2010, and the handbook is now co-edited by a defense attorney, Richard Jacobsmeyer, a partner at Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey LLP, a claims administration veteran, Barry Bloom of The bdb Group, and an applicant’s attorney, Julius Young, a partner at Boxer and Gerson LLP.
Many chapters in the handbook have been updated.
Chapter 16, formerly devoted to the vocational rehabilitation benefit, has been removed. A section on enforcing vested vocational rehabilitation rights has been added in § 13.8.
Chapter 16 now focuses on Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits.
The handbook references a number of significant appellate court and WCAB decisions rendered since publication of the 30th edition. A sampling of some of the cases now covered includes the following:
This version of the handbook provides updates on DWC regulatory changes including paper billing regulations that go into effect in October 2011 and which beginning October 18, 2012, require electronic bill submission by healthcare facilities and providers (see § 4.19).
As the handbook went to publication, Governor Brown acted on a number of workers’ comp bills that had been passed by the legislature in 2011. Bills signed by Brown included the following:
In October 2011 Governor Brown vetoed four notable workers’ comp bills that had reached his desk after passage by the legislature:
Detailed information on all of the 2011 legislation can be found on the legislature’s website, www.leginfo.ca.gov.
A NOTE OF CAUTION
As of the date this edition was finalized for publication, important California workers’ comp issues were pending. Readers are cautioned that late 2011 or 2012 developments in the courts, the legislature or at the DWC could affect California’s workers’ comp system. Pending “hot issues” as the edition went to press include:
To keep abreast of breaking developments, readers are advised to check the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter (sign up for free with Robin.E.Kobayashi@lexisnexis.com) or some of the prominent workers’ compensation blogs which follow legislative and regulatory developments in California workers’ compensation law, including www.workerscompzone.com, written by co-editor Julius Young. For regulatory developments, readers can check the DWC website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/.
We highly recommend the California WCAB Noteworthy Panels Decisions Reporter, which is available through LexisNexis; it is a valuable tool to track developments in the law and the thinking of the WCAB commissioners.
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS:
The editors recognize that in any project such as this there is considerable room of disagreement on the individual points of the law and interpretation. Furthermore we recognize that our research may have missed important cases. For these reasons we ask all our readers to communicate any opinions, suggestions, errors noted or new cases of importance to us.
Richard M. Jacobsmeyer, Esq. Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey, LLPjakejacobsmeyer@shawlaw.org
Julius Young, Esq. Boxer & Gerson, LLPjyoung@boxerlaw.com
Barry D. BloomThe bdb Groupbdbloom@comcast.net
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