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Posted on: Nov 13, 2018

The assault on workers' rights is a national concern. Those of us in the nation's most populous state are a constant target of the "reformers."

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, the leaders of CAAA recognized the need to observe national trends and helped create the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), an organization dedicated to protecting injured workers throughout the U.S.

WILG's annual convention recently concluded with several of the topics covered being national in scope, such as the opioid epidemic, immigration and the gig economy. What we have seen in the past is that draconian anti-worker legislation is tested in other states and then used as a model for legislation in California. Utilization review, drug formularies and the AMA Guides are just some of the examples that eventually made their way to our state.  

While there are great variations in how benefits are delivered or denied from state to state, there are many issues we have in common. We'll continue to observe trends in other states so we can be prepared for those battles as they come. And we'll continue to work with our colleagues from across the nation and use our collective wisdom to fight for the rights of injured workers everywhere.

NEW ETHICS RULES TAKE EFFECT

Nearly 70 new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the State Bar of California took effect on Thursday, November 1.

Highlights include the prohibition of harassment and discrimination in client representation and law firm operations, guidance in areas where state law differs from federal law, and stricter guidelines on sexual relationships with clients.

More information can be found in the press release issued by the State Bar here.

To view all current rules, click here.

For the Client Trust Accounting Handbook, click here.