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California: Judicial Factors of Consideration in Assessing Substantial Causation of Injury From Good Faith Personnel Actions

David Bryan Leonard, Esq. In San Francisco Unified School District v. W.C.A.B. (2010) 190 Cal. App. 4th 1, [ 117 Cal. Rptr. 3d 824, 2010 Cal. App. LEXIS 1943 ] , the Court concluded that all injurious factors, industrial and non-industrial, must be considered by the Court when determining whether...

California: Labor Code Section 3208.3(h) Applied to Migraine Headaches

The 4th District Court of Appeal has issued a decision on an issue which has been pending in an unresolved fashion since the early 1990s when Labor Code § 3208.3 was amended to provide that injuries arising from lawful good faith personnel actions. In County of San Bernardino v W.C.A.B. (McCoy)...

California: The Good Faith Personnel Action Defense

Recent cases remind us that there’s a multi-level process as enunciated in Rolda [66 CCC 241] to determine whether a psychiatric claim is barred by the good faith personnel action defense under LC 3208.3(h). The defendant, using expert medical evidence, must show that a personnel action (or actions...

Evaluators of Psychiatric Injury Lacked Relevant Medical Records, Personnel File, Materials From Workplace Investigation: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (12/23/2014)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the January 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Contra Costa County, Petitioner...

California: Rolda Reloaded: A Creative Approach to the Dual Causation Elements of the Rolda Multi-Level Analysis

In 2001, the WCAB issued its en banc decision in Rolda v. Pitney Bowes, Inc. (2001) 66 Cal. Comp. Cases 241 . Labor Code §3208.3 provides that in order for a psychiatric injury to be compensable, certain conditions must be satisfied. Labor Code §3208.3 also contains a number of exemptions and...

Supervisor’s Verbal Attack on Applicant Was Not Disciplinary or Correction Action: Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings (11/17/2015)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the December 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Travelers Property Casualty Company...

WCAB Bars Applicant’s Psychiatric Injury Caused by Disciplinary Action: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/13/2016)

Here’s another batch of advanced postings for the January 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Dennis Stolp, Petitioner v. Workers'...