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Posted on: Mar 23, 2020

As the global public health crisis with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, we’ve put together a webpage (www.caaa.org/covid19) with the latest CAAA updates and links to resources to help in protecting the health of our members, staff and the community at large.

Notably, we’ve linked to the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s recent update with guidance for employees and employers impacted by the pandemic as well as links to several government and health organizations for the latest information on preventative measures.

The closure of the WCAB locations in the Bay Area and the reduced hearing calendar along with cancellation of doctor appointments and QME evaluations is having a serious impact on attorney practices and the physical, mental and financial well-being of their clients. We have been in contact with the DWC to urge them to address some of the problems arising through immediate emergency regulations and modified practices for submission of settlement documents.

The WCAB last week issued an en banc order "temporarily suspending specific WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure contained in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations" during the COVID-19 crisis. The DWC also offered guidance on how to handle medical evaluations for injured workers during the state of this emergency period.

CAAA is developing a webinar on managing law practices remotely to help those in our community navigate their everyday business during this situation and will send a notice as soon as we have it scheduled.

California is now under a statewide order to shelter-in-place. While we’ve closed our office, staff are still available and working to answer questions and provide services.

We’ve set up the main office phone number (916-444-5155) to forward calls to our office manager, Dannika Bynum. If you have a concern or need to reach a specific staff member, it’s best to contact them via their individual email addresses which can be found on our website.

We encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to protect your health, the health of your families and the health of those around you. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health websites for the latest guidance and health information.