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IN THE WARM CALIFORNIA SUN

IN THE WARM CALIFORNIA SUN California dropped most of its COVID-19 restrictions, effective 6/15/2021, including the tier system that set restrictions by county.  While unvaccinated Californians are still asked to wear masks and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is still determining what proper workplace policies look like, for the vast majority of Californians


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MAY MUSINGS

MAY MUSINGS We at Mullen & Filippi would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, children of mothers, mothers-to-be (whether soon or in the distant future), and anyone doing the important, often unpaid and underappreciated, work that we can hardly recognize sufficiently with one brunch and a bouquet of flowers.  As a


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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME – OR ANYWHERE, REALLY

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME – OR ANYWHERE, REALLY As of April 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health’s vaccine dashboard (Vaccines – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response (ca.gov) indicated that 19.6% of people are partially vaccinated and that 29.4% of people are fully vaccinated statewide. Although there have been some setbacks, we are solidly


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GREENER PASTURES

GREENER PASTURES It’s been a year since the governor put in place stay-at-home orders, and it is breathtaking to look back at the drastic transformation our society went through in a single year in order to endure and put in place strategies to prevail over the coronavirus. We started off optimistically enough as people learned


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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! On February 12, 2021, the Year of the Rat was ushered out and the Year of the Ox was ushered in.  Traditionally, the Year of the Rat is known for being turbulent and fraught, while the Year of the Ox is supposed to be sturdy and reliable, like its beast of


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LOOKING FORWARD

A new year is now underway, and there has been a changing of the guard politically, but yesteryear’s problems still plague us, forgive the grim pun.  There is, however, something human about the cyclical yearning for hope and a thaw after a dark night of the soul.  Of course, the challenges ahead are plain.  The


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NO GRAND FINALE, BUT HOPE ON THE HORIZON

There’s no sugarcoating it – 2020 was a bear of a year.  Collectively as a society, everyone still in some possession of their faculties and sanity is understandably hoping that in 2021 we can finally come up for air after what feels like a year under a wet blanket.


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TRANSITIONS

Though the health statistics indicate that COVID is still spreading at an alarming rate, many counties in California continue looking to new and creative ways to allow people to conduct business while also reflecting public health concerns.  Long cherished traditions and norms in countless industries are being traded by necessity for interesting and new operating procedures.  Restaurants are experimenting with expanded outdoor seating, drive-through flu vaccinations are now offered by most hospitals, and more and more households are having groceries delivered. 


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PRESUMPTIONS AND OTHER THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

We’re already into October and on our way to a new, and with any luck, better, year.  Halloween is just around the corner, so pick out your costumes if you still have any desire to wear a mask at this point!  Whether you enjoy celebrating Halloween or not, at least take advantage of the one time a year when an adult can eat unhealthy amounts of candy without being judged too harshly.  As usual we’ll be here if you need assistance with any frightening claims.  If you have a workers’ compensation Halloween party to attend, here’s a free costume idea:  a zombie lien.  


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SPECIAL BULLETIN: SB 1159 PASSES LEGISLATURE FOR GOVERNOR SIGNATURE

The California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1159 before the end of its legislative session this week, codifying the prior Executive Order creating a COVID presumption and creating a rebuttable presumption as to health care workers, peace officers, firefighters, and other first responders and emergency workers, as well as a presumption for other employees in the event of an outbreak of COVID at the workplace.  Two other Assembly Bills (AB) that were being considered, AB 196 and AB 664, were not voted on and so will not become law.  AB 196, the most expansive of the proposed legislation, would have essentially created a conclusive presumption that COVID contracted by an essential worker constitutes an industrial injury. 


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