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Return to Work Supplement Program (RTWSP)

Claim administrators can expect to see an increase in voucher demands during settlement negotiations so that injured workers can obtain an additional $5,000 from the RTWSP and Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB) program. However, it is not necessarily a bad thing, since the SJDB voucher and RTWSP can be valuable tools during settlement negotiations.

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Lien Activation Fee for Pre-2014 Lien Claims Found To Be Constitutional

Chiropractic, et al. v. Christine Baker, et al., finding that the lien activation fee adopted as part of SB 863 does not violate the constitutional rights of lien claimants.By way of background, one of the provisions of SB 863 was that, effective January 1, 2013, most lien claimants who had previously filed liens were required to pay a lien activation fee of $100. The activation fee had to be paid as a condition of filing a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed to a lien conference. If no activation fee was paid by January 1, 2014, the law declared that the lien would be dismissed by operation of law. In July, 2013, a group of lien claimants filed a lawsuit against the Department of Industrial Relations and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board asserting that the activation fee violated the Takings Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. At the trial level, the district court judge dismissed the claims for violation of the Takings Clause and the Due

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Mullen & Filippi Client Seminar 2015

Mullen & Filippi invites our clients to join us for an afternoon of sweet treats during an informative seminar from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. During this series of seminars, we will give an update on the latest case law, cover the best practices for adjusters in the first 30 days of a claim, and perform a mock trial highlighting what really happens at the WCAB. We are hosting events throughout the state of California in order to reach a wide range of clients. As always, we are more than happy to schedule an in-house training session for our clients if there is not a seminar scheduled near you. Registration must be done at least one week prior to an event by clicking on RSVP.

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