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  • February 9, 2018

    What’s New for Workers’ Comp in 2018: CA Senate Bill 1160

    In 2016 California passed Senate Bill 1160, which heralded significant workers’ compensation reform. SB 1160 outlined major changes to authorization, utilization review, lien filing, billing deadlines, and more. Some changes took effect in 2017, while others are newly effective, as of January 1 this year.

    Let’s take a look at the major changes SB 1160 brings to workers’ comp in 2018.

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  • October 4, 2017

    DWC Reconsiders Lien Declarations Filed July 2-3

    When the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) mandated that lien claimants must file declarations asserting the validity of their liens, they weren’t kidding around. In August, the DWC dismissed over 292,000 previously filed liens for failure to file retroactive Supplemental Lien Declarations by the established deadline of July 1, 2017.

    Now, it appears the DWC may change its mind regarding some of those dismissals. This week, the DWC announced that it will lift the dismissal notice on liens for which claimants filed the Supplemental Lien Declaration on July 2 or 3.

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  • September 5, 2017

    DWC Database of Dismissed Liens Available

    You may recall last month’s dismissal of over 292,000 unresolved liens by California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The DWC closed the lien cases for failure to comply with new declaration requirements mandated by SB 1160. On August 14, 2017, the DWC dismissed the liens on procedural grounds “by operation of law." The dismissed liens are now publicly available through a searchable database posted on the DWC website.

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  • August 16, 2017

    DWC Closes Over 292,000 Liens per New Declaration Requirements

    On August 14, the DWC dismissed over 292,000 unresolved liens due to the lien claimants’ failure to timely file the required Supplemental Lien Declaration as mandated by SB 1160 for all liens filed between 1/1/2013 and 12/31/2016.

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  • June 6, 2017

    Ultimate Guide to New Lien Declaration Under SB 1160

    Last month, we reported that the California Workers’ Compensation Interpreters Association (CWCIA), along with several interpreting companies, filed a lawsuit to prevent the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) from enforcing Senate Bill 1160’s new lien declaration requirements. Although that petition was summarily dismissed by the First District Court of Appeals in May, it prompted the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) to file a brief and provide clarification on the new lien process. We already touched on how the DIR’s brief provides guidance to interpreters. Today, we’ll take a broader look and show how it offers valuable direction to all stakeholders in the new lien declaration process – not just interpreters. We’ll also teach you how to select the right lien declaration category every single time.

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  • May 10, 2017

    Interpreter Suit Dismissed, Concerns Clarified as Lien Deadline Looms

    In early March, we reported on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) adoption of its final Rules of Practice and Procedure to implement Senate Bill 1160. Chief among these rules were new regulations for liens. The rules officially slid into effect on March 26 of this year, but not without controversy. It appears that controversy is coming to an end: A petition from the California Workers’ Compensation Interpreters’ Association challenging the new rules was summarily denied by California’s First District Court of Appeal, prompting the Department of Industrial Relations to provide clarification.

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  • January 16, 2017

    New Original Bill Requirement Raises Lien Questions

    On a typically overcast San Francisco morning earlier this month, the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) held a public hearing. The subject? Proposed regulations for the implementation of Senate Bill 1160’s lien reforms. For an issue with such long-reaching implications, the audience was surprisingly sparse – only two speakers rose to present statements. Despite the public hearing, details about the new Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) lien forms are still scarce. And one question in particular has us perplexed: When it comes to filing a lien, what, exactly, constitutes an “original bill”?

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  • January 10, 2017

    DWC Releases New Lien Forms to Comply with SB 1160

    At the start of the year, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) made good on the lien reforms promised by Senate Bill 1160. Along with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), the DWC released an amended lien form, including the new declaration requirements set forth by Labor Code Section 4903.05(c). A second form – for liens filed prior to January 1, 2017 – was also released.¹

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