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November 17, 2020 Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, LLP. are pleased to provide you with our interactive COVID-19 Claim Flowchart. We hope you will find it helpful in determining whether your claims fall under the presumptions set forth in Senate Bill 1159. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. Click here to download the Interactive LFLM COVID-19 Chart   Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, LLP.


October 8, 2020 We are pleased to provide you with our LFLM COVID-19 Flowchart. We hope you will find it helpful in determining whether your claims fall under the presumptions set forth in Senate Bill 1159. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, LLP.

Mitigating Civil Liability for California COVID-19 Work Exposures

September 30, 2020 As we enter the tenth month of this pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that life must, and will, return to some degree of post-pandemic ‘normalcy’ in order to ensure our economic survival. At the same time, managing and mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19 become increasingly critical to avoiding a second wave, and ensuring the viability of economic reopening.  This will likely be true even if a ‘silver-bullet’ vaccine becomes widely available. Therefore, it is vital […]

Not to be Overlooked: Understanding AB 685 and Preparing for an Invisible Risk

September 22, 2020 On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 685 into law, further expanding and solidifying legislation created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The law will become effective as of January 1, 2021. We have provided a breakdown of the law and recommendations for how our clients can best handle and prepare for the changes to Cal/OSHA regulations and procedures. AB 685 expands both reporting and notification requirements for employers, and increases Cal/OSHA’s authority to issue Stop […]

Governor Newsom Poised to Sign SB 1159: A Primer on Continuation and Expansion of COVID-19 Presumptive Injuries

September 2, 2020 Ever since Governor Newsom’s May 7th Executive Order N-63-20 established a new paradigm for claims handling in the era of COVID-19, the workers’ compensation world has waited with bated breath for the inevitable legislation which the order promised would be soon to follow. As different versions of the bill that would ultimately become SB-1159 worked its way through the chambers of the California Legislature, there has been much speculation—and trepidation—about what the final text of the bill […]

Working From Home: Firing Up Litigation?

July 21, 2020 In the last several years, there has been an increase in the number of employers who offer a remote work environment (i.e., work from home). In fact, the numbers of employees working from home have increased by 140% since 2005, with as many as 4.3 million people in the United States working from home at least half the time. SmallBizGenius, 2019.  The benefits of working from home can range from increased happiness and productivity of employees, to […]

Discovery and Trial Practice in Era of COVID-19: A Guide for Navigating Recent Executive Orders And Their Impacts on Witness Testimony and Telemedicine

July 21, 2020 Californians entered unchartered territory as the world encountered the global spread of COVID-19 in March 2020. Government officials, business owners, and individuals scrambled to implement regulations and develop new ways to conduct business and provide essential services, while still complying with safety and social distancing measures. In the workers’ compensation arena, we have seen changes to Board policies, discovery procedures, medical evaluations and treatment, and expansion of presumptions pertaining to employees infected with COVID-19. As we continue […]

Appellate Decision Limits Hikida; Allows Apportionment for Impairment Caused by Medical Treatment

July 21, 2020 In a recent case which is helpful to the defense bar, County of Santa Clara v. WCAB (Justice), the 6th District Court of Appeal limited the scope of the findings in the 2nd District Court’s previous holding in Hikida v. WCAB (2017) 12 Cal. App. 5th 1249. Justice clarified that apportionment to preexisting or non-industrial condi­tions can still apply to industrial disability where the treatment itself is the source of the disability. To review, Hikida created shockwaves […]

Executive Order Mandates Unprecedented Expansion of Compensability for COVID-19 Claims

May 6, 2020 Although strongly contested by the California Chamber of Commerce, on May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 creating a rebuttable presumption of occupational exposure for workers diagnosed with COVID-19. The Executive Order mandates provision of workers compensation benefits under a certain set of criteria and applies to claims retroactive to March 19, 2020. It is effective for the next 60 days (through July 5, 2020). To qualify, the injured worker must meet a four […]

2020 Regulations Update

April 21, 2020 It seems every time we celebrate a New Year we are presented with changes in the California’s Workers’ Compensation system. 2020 was no exception, as revisions of California Code of Regulations, Title 8 became effective January 1, 2020. These changes affect sections 10300 to 10999. This regulatory update marks the largest change and reorganization of the rules since they were adopted. The purpose of reworking the organizational structure of the rules, which were originally adopted in 1966, […]