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What's New Archive 2013

December 31, 2013 DWC announces agenda for the January 13 and 14 meetings in Van Nuys and Oakland on UR and IMR
December 30, 2013 DWC files certificate of compliance for IMR and IBR regulations with OAL
December 23, 2013 DWC Posts RBRVS-Based Physician Fee Schedule and 2014 Updates Effective January 1, 2014
December 20, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
December 20, 2013 Labor Commissioner Issues Over $332,600 in Citations to Janitorial Services Provider for Wage Theft
December 18, 2013 California Labor Commissioner’s Office Donates Clothes to Los Angeles Nonprofit Organization
December 16, 2013 The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) Has Approved DWC’s Final Version of Electronic Document Filing and Lien Filing Fee Rules
December 16, 2013 DWC Posts Adjustments to DMEPOS Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
December 16, 2013 DWC Posts Adjustments to Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule to Conform to Changes in Medicare Payment System
December 12, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Director Announces 2014 Profile Audit Review and Full Compliance Audit Performance Standards
December 11, 2013 DWC Issues Second 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review (IBR), Billing and Payment Regulations, and Third 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Medical Review (IMR) Regulations
December 10, 2013 DWC Issues 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
December 6, 2013 DWC Issues Second 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review Regulations
December 6, 2013 DWC Announces Meetings in Oakland, Van Nuys to Discuss UR and IMR
December 4, 2013 DWC Offers Free Webinar on “The Independent Medical Review Process Explained for the Injured Worker” on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 10-11 a.m.
November 27, 2013 Department of Industrial Relations Workers’ Compensation Policy Assessment Rates for Fiscal Year 2013/14 Reflect Aggregate Reduction of $9.5 Million
November 20, 2013 Local Restaurant Owner Violates Worker’s Rights and Charged with Fraud; Owes Over One Million Dollars in Unpaid Wages
November 18, 2013 DWC Final Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Regulations Approved
November 15, 2013 DWC Will No Longer Collect Lien Activation Fees
November 14, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Cites Two Ukiah Restaurants Nearly $2 Million for Wage Theft Violations
November 12, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the RBRVS Physician Fee Schedule
November 12, 2013 DWC Posts Revised QME Form 105 and Instructions for Forms 105, 106 and 37
October 31, 2013 DWC Plans to Open Santa Barbara Satellite Office in December
October 31, 2013 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Risks of Valley Fever, Urges Employers to Take Preventative Measures
October 29, 2013 DWC Offers Free Webinar on the Independent Medical Review Electronic Submission Feature on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 10 AM-12 PM
October 28, 2013 DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Covering 22,000 Workers in Southern California
October 28, 2013 Labor Commissioner Investigation Results in Over $120,000 in Overtime Wages Paid to Employees of Furniture Warehouse
October 16, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation Accepting Nominations for 2014 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards
October 15, 2013 Cal/OSHA and UC Berkeley offer workplace safety training for small businesses
October 11, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Emergency Regulatory Action for Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
October 11, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Announces Online Child Performer Services Permit
October 9, 2013 Former General Contractor Indicted on Charges of Defrauding Employees by Taking $81,000 in Wages and Keeping Money for Himself from Public Works Contracts
October 9, 2013 Labor Commissioner Cites Alameda Restaurant $481,813 for Wage Theft Violations
October 8, 2013 DWC Opens Registration for 21st Annual Educational Conference
October 7, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review, Standardized Paper Billing and Payment, and Electronic Billing and Payment Regulations
October 3, 2013 OAL Grants DWC’s Second Request for Readoption of Emergency Regulations
October 2, 2013 WCAB’s Final SB 863 Rules Filed and Will Become Effective on October 23
October 1, 2013 RBRVS Regulations Filed with Secretary of State, Become Effective January 1, 2014 
September 27, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review Regulations
September 23, 2013 Cal/OSHA, Labor and Management Offer Safety Workshop October 2-3
September 19, 2013 DWC Final Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations Now in Effect
September 19, 2013 DWC Merges Goleta and Oxnard Offices Effective November 30
September 18, 2013 Cal/OSHA joins Federal OSHA in Reminding Agricultural Employers of Hazards in Grain Handling and Confined Spaces
September 17, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. Over $100,000 Following Fatal Trench Collapse
September 16, 2013 DWC Posts Instructions on the Interpreter Certification Process
September 13, 2013 DIR Warns Business Owners of Misleading Notices from “Labor Compliance Office”
September 11, 2013 Labor Commissioner’s Statewide Investigation of Medical Supplies Provider Results in $260,688 Settlement
September 11, 2013 DWC Issues Notices of Emergency Readoptions
September 10, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Henkel over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
September 9, 2013 FREE WEBINAR “The QME Process: How to Successfully Request a Represented Panel” Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 2:00 – 3:00 PM
September 5, 2013 DIR Garners Digital Government Achievement Award for EAMS’ Lien Fee Collection System
September 4, 2013 Juliann Sum Named Acting Chief of Cal/OSHA
September 4, 2013 DWC Clarifies Interpreter Rules
September 3, 2013 DIR Launches Roofing Compliance Working Group
August 30, 2013 High Heat Advisory: Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Continuing High Temperatures in Central Valley, Southern California
August 27, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Electronic Document Filing and Lien Filing Fee Rules
August 23, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Cites Sacramento Landscaping Company over $650,000 for Wage Theft Violations
August 23, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Predesignation of Personal Physicians and Reporting Duties of the Primary Treating Physician Rulemaking
August 22, 2013 DWC Issues Fourth 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Regulations
August 21, 2013 DWC Posts Proposed Changes to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
August 19, 2013 OSIP Final Actuarial-Based Collateral Deposit Regulations Now in Effect
August 16, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Medical Provider Network Regulations
August 16, 2013 DWC Posts Fact Sheet for RBRVS Physician Fee Schedule
August 14, 2013 DWC Final Interpreter Services Regulations Now in Effect
August 13, 2013 OSIP Launches E-filing Portal for Self-Insured Public Agencies
August 12, 2013 Labor Commissioner’s Wage Theft Investigation at Holiday Inn in Eureka: Construction Workers Shorted Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars
July 29, 2013 Labor Commissioner’s Wage Theft Investigation of Public Works Contractor Leads to Two-Year Prison Term
July 24, 2013 DWC Medical Unit accepting applications for Oct. 19 Qualified Medical Evaluator examination
July 24, 2013 DWC posts IAIABC Medical Release 2 Standards to online forum for public comment
July 18, 2013 WCAB extends deadline for submitting written comments to modifications to proposed rules until August 9
July 18, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su honored as top labor and employment lawyer
July 17, 2013 DWC posts public use data file and revised RAND working paper for proposed rulemaking to the Official Medical Fee Schedule
July 15, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts annual report
July 11, 2013 Draft state report outlines steps to improve safety at California’s oil refineries
July 10, 2013 California’s Alternative Security Program puts $7.7 Billion in capital back into businesses
July 9, 2013 WCAB issues 15-day notice of modifications to proposed amendments to WCAB rules
June 17, 2013 DWC issues notice of public hearing for an RBRVS-based physician fee schedule
June 17, 2013 Labor Commissioner Collects Over $8 Million in Wages for Public Works Job at Hilton Hotel in San Diego
June 12, 2013 DWC updates status of SB 863 emergency regulations
June 11, 2013 DWC announces changes to the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) panel request process
June 7, 2013 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Risks of Heat Illness: Record Temperatures Expected this Weekend
June 6, 2013 DWC issues second 15-day notice for modifications to proposed supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
June 6, 2013 Labor Commissioner Holds General Contractors and Their Subcontractors Liable for Public Works Violations of Nearly $750,000
June 5, 2013 Temporary total disability rates for 2014 announced
June 4, 2013 Division of Workers' Compensation releases 2013 medical access study
June 3, 2013 DWC posts modified Qualified Medical Evaluator regulations for comment
May 31, 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Network Conference Call, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11 a.m.
May 30, 2013 DWC posts revised Interpreter Services regulations for second 15-day comment period
May 23, 2013 SB 863 adjustments made to Qualified Medical Evaluator writing course
May 22, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts annual ethics report
May 22, 2013 Report Reveals Record-breaking Results for Labor Law Enforcement in California
May 21, 2013 Labor Commissioner Cites Adult Care Facilities Nearly $600,000 for Wage Theft Violations
May 21, 2013 DWC posts modified Interpreter Services regulations for comment
May 20, 2013 Update on the Processing of QME Panels
May 16, 2013 DWC posts modified Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit regulations for comment
May 14, 2013 Public Works Manual
May 13, 2013 DWC posts proposed changes to Medical Provider Network regulations to online forum for public comment
May 7, 2013 Labor Commissioner Uncovers $1.5 Million in Wage Theft by Fresno Assisted Living Provider and Seeks to Recover Wages for Caregivers
May 7, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Fines Contractors More Than $1.8 Million for Public Works Violations at UCLA, Saddleback Community College in Orange County and G3 Charter School in San Fernando Valley
May 2, 2013 Governor Brown Promotes Labor History Month
April 29, 2013 DIR’s tribute to fallen workers and commitment to workplace safety Commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day
April 25, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Reaches Settlements Totaling over $600,000 with Four General Contractors on Public Works Jobs in Northern California
April 22, 2013 Labor Commissioner Fines Contractor over $200,000 for Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Violations
April 19, 2013 DWC Audit Unit to begin investigating violations of electronic billing regulations
April 18, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts revised benefit notice regulations to online forum for public comment
April 15, 2013 DWC posts revised Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) administrative penalty regulations to online forum for public comment
April 15, 2013 DWC announces May 7 meeting to discuss IMR and IBR communications
  Free Heat Illness Prevention Training Sessions
March 29, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheets for injured workers
March 27, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheets for injured workers
March 26, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Fines Construction Contractors over $300,000 for Public Works Violations on State Highway Expansion Project in Kerman
March 25, 2013 DWC lien fee filing payment system for JET File updated
March 25, 2013 Ambulance fee schedule update to conform to changes in Medicare payment system is posted on DWC Web site
March 15, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
March 14, 2013 Labor Commissioner cites hospital chain more than $7 million for wage violations
March 13, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Issues over $500,000 in Citations to Restaurants
March 11, 2013 California Labor Commissioner files suit against Fresno car wash for unpaid wages
March 1, 2013 California Labor Commissioner prevails in misclassification case against port trucking company
February 21, 2013 US Labor Department’s OSHA concludes fatality investigation at San Francisco VA Medical Center research laboratory, issues violation notices
February 19, 2013 California Labor Commissioner investigation results in criminal forgery, fraud charges against restaurant owners
February 14, 2013 OSIP announces the release of the new Actuarial Summary form
February 13, 2013 In Cooperation with Cal/OSHA, CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire; Extensive Sulfidation Corrosion Noted
February 1, 2013 California employers to post annual work-related injury and illness summary
January 30, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Chevron Nearly $1 Million for Richmond Refinery Fire
Imposes Highest Penalties Allowed Under State Law
January 28, 2013 Labor Commissioner Cites Southern California Warehouse over $1 Million for Wage Theft
January 24, 2013 California Labor Commissioner Issues a Public Works Assessment for Nearly $1 Million against a Los Angeles Contractor
January 23, 2013 California Labor Commissioner investigation results in charges against Santa Monica car wash
January 18, 2013 California Labor Enforcement Task Force issues stop orders for dangerous equipment at LA garment businesses
January 15, 2013 OSIP posts FAQs on SB 863 requirements for self-insurers
January 04, 2013 California Department of Industrial Relations Jump Starts Landmark Workers’ Compensation Reform To Protect Workers and Cut Costs