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December 19, 2023

Legal Updates for California Employers

Law Settled on “Take-Home” COVID-19

In a win for California employers following Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks, Inc., the law on take-home COVID has been settled. Employees who contract the virus may file a workers’ compensation claim, but they and their family members are barred from pursuing a civil claim. Partner and Senior Employment Counsel Corinne Spencer and Senior Associates Jonathan Brown and Antwoin Wall examined the Court’s ruling in a recent Daily Journaarticle.


Corinne Spencer on California Employment Law Updates

As a guest on the Good Morning, HR podcast, Partner Corinne Spencer discusses California employment law updates, exploring their complexities, upcoming cannabis use protections, evolving COVID regulations, rising wage and hour litigation, and the Private Attorneys General Act’s impact on labor law prosecutions. Listen to the episode here.


What’s Around the Corner

The 2023 Employment Law Symposium is Sold Out!

Our annual symposium held on December 8 will cover the top issues affecting California employers through panel discussions led by our attorneys and guest speakers. This event is sold out but stay tuned for updates on how you can access information after the event. For more information on the topics covered, visit our page here.


PB&W Workers’ Comp Attorney Achievements

Yvonne Lange Named Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney of the Year

The California Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Section selected Senior Partner Yvonne Lang as Defense Attorney of the Year for 2023. She was recognized for her advocacy skills, professionalism, community service and contributions to the workers’ compensation practice. Read her full profile here.



Justin Borska Designated Certified Specialist in Workers’ Comp Law

Partner Justin Borska has been designated as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by The State Bar of California. This advanced professional credential is awarded based on successful completion of the Legal Specialist Examination, a demonstration of a high level of experience, at least 45 hours of continued education and favorable evaluations from other attorneys and judges. Learn more here.


PB&W Workers’ Comp Attorney Achievements


PB&W Welcomes Partner Nikki Mehrpoo To The Concord Office

We’re excited to welcome Nikki Mehrpoo as a Partner in the Workers’ Compensation Defense and Immigration Law departments. She has extensive litigation experience in workers’ compensation claims, serious and willful misconduct claims and violations of California Labor Code §132a. Mehrpoo also handles issues related to employment law, undocumented immigrants, ADA and FEHA. She is the first and only dual-certified legal specialist in Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Learn more here.



Apportionment Trends and Issues Webinar

Apportionment expert and retired Workers’ Compensation Judge Raymond Correio and Senior Partner Yvonne Lang provided detailed insight into critical developments in apportionment that affect employers. They examined legal standards surrounding apportionment, how apportionment is determined and current updates in this area. For a recording of the webinar, email Yvonne Lang at yl@4pbw.com.


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