San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently posted the 2020 Ethics Advisory Committee’s annual report on its website.
The Workers’ Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee is a state committee independent from DWC that is charged with reviewing and monitoring complaints of misconduct filed against workers’ compensation administrative law judges.
The Ethics Advisory Committee is required to make a public report each year summarizing activities in the previous calendar year.
In calendar year 2020, the EAC considered and resolved six complaints from 2019: three pending ongoing investigation (meaning that an investigation was requested and did not conclude by the end of the year) and three pending consideration (meaning that the complaint was filed after the last meeting of the year). The three complaints pending consideration led to one investigation.
Of 26 new complaints received in 2020, the EAC considered 25 and resolved 21. Of those considered, seven resulted in investigations, three of which were concluded. A total of 27 complaints were resolved, which includes the six complaints from 2019. Four complaints are pending ongoing investigation in 2020, and 1 is pending consideration.
The complaints set forth a wide variety of grievances. A large proportion alleged judicial misconduct or bias based on dissatisfaction with a judge’s decision. Of the 27 resolved complaints, none resulted in findings of judicial misconduct.
Read the full report: CA DWC 2020 Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report (DOCX)
Source: CA DWC