RPNA Reverses $1 Million Judgment in Favor of State Fund in Published Court of Appeal Decision

RPNA attorneys Drew Pomerance, Vince Gannuscio, and David Ginsburg successfully persuaded the California Court of Appeal to reverse a judgment against a California healthcare staffing company because the Company had been denied due process in its attempt to defend itself against State Fund’s workers’ compensation premium audit and collection lawsuit. The dispute started over ten…

Workers’ Comp COVID-19 Presumption Could Yield More Third-Party Lawsuits – Do You Have Coverage?

As we discussed in a recent blog post, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that a California employee who contracts COVID-19, contracted it in the course of their employment and will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The question left unanswered is how the rebuttable presumption will be applied in…

Nick Roxborough Discusses Newsom’s Workers’ Comp COVID-19 EO in WorkCompCentral

As California begins its phase-by-phase reopening process Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order creating a rebuttable COVID-19 presumption has cast a shadow of uncertainty for insurance carriers and employers. Governor Newsom’s long-awaited executive order creates a rebuttable presumption stating that all employees who contract COVID-19 at their place of work while at the direction of…

New Coronavirus Presumption Likely to Increase Premium Costs for Employers

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that a California employee who contracts COVID-19 contracted it in the course of their employment.  This would entitle the employee to workers’ compensation benefits, unless the employer successfully proved they did not contract it at work.  In a normal workers’ compensation claim, the…

WARN Act and COVID-19

In these uncertain times, businesses are being forced to consider drastic measures to weather the current economic crisis, including potential reductions in the workforce.  However, businesses need to be aware of their obligations under both the federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act prior to implementing any mass layoff, relocation, or termination…