California DWC Names Appointments to Ethics Advisory Committee

February 25, 2014

Paige Levy and Joyce Cram were appointed to serve as members of California’s Workers’ Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee.

The appointments were made by Division of Workers’ Compensation Acting Administrative Director Destie Overpeck.

Levy will fill the position designated to be held by a presiding judge and Cram will fill the position of a member of the public outside the workers’ comp community.  Levy is currently the presiding workers’ compensation administrative law judge at the Marina Del Rey District office and the appointment is effective March 1.  Cram is a retired judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County and her appointment is already effective.

The ethics advisory committee reviews all ethics complaints from the public against workers’ comp administrative law judges.

After its review of complaints, the committee makes recommendations to the administrative director. The committee reviews all complaints anonymously and does not learn the names of either the complainant or the judge complained against. The committee meets quarterly and members serve without compensation.

The regulation provides that the committee mix include: a member of the public representing organized labor; a member of the public representing insurers; a member of the public representing self-insured employers; an attorney who formerly practiced before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and who usually represented insurers or employers; an attorney who formerly practiced before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and who usually represented applicants; a presiding judge; a workers’ comp administrative law judge or retired WCALJ; and two members of the public outside the workers’ comp community.

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