Robert G. Rassp on SB 863 and Permanent Disability: A Practitioner's Survival Guide to California Workers' Compensation Reform (PDF)
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This Emerging Issues Analysis analyzes the permanent disability provisions of SB 863 California workers' compensation reforms, and explains the ramifications for practitioners and their clients.
Robert G. Rassp is a graduate of Loyola Law School class of 1981. He previously earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Irvine in 1978 at age 20. Mr. Rassp has practiced workers' compensation and Social Security disability law since 1981 and is the principal of his own law firm since 1983. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Rassp was the Chair of Friends Research Institute's West Coast Institutional Review Board for fifteen years. The IRB is a committee consisting of eleven members that conducts the oversight of human subject medical research under the auspices of the Food and Drug Act, 21 CFR 50, 21 CFR 56, and 45 CFR 46. In September, 2005, Mr. Rassp was appointed as a member of the Friends Research Institute's Board of Directors and was named Chairman of the strategic planning sub-committee. In October 2008, Mr. Rassp was named Chairman of the Board of Directors for FRI, effective January 1, 2009. In addition to his duties as an attorney and medical ethicist, Mr. Rassp was appointed as a member of the State Bar Workers' Compensation Law Section Executive Committee in April 1998 and became its Chair in 2000-2001. Mr. Rassp was reappointed as a member of the Workers' Compensation Law Section Executive Committee in May 2003 and is currently an advisor to the Committee. At the annual Division of Workers' Compensation Educational Conferences in February and March 2010, Mr. Rassp was awarded the inaugural DWC Community Service Recognition Award for his service to the workers' compensation community. Mr. Rassp has conducted workers' compensation judge's training seminars at the request of the Division of Workers' Compensation. Topics presented include substantial evidence in AMA Guides cases and the integration of workers' compensation settlements, Social Security disability, and Medicare issues. Since the enactment of SB 899 in April 2004, Mr. Rassp has conducted over 30 seminars for the workers' compensation community, including for the Division of Workers' Compensation, California Applicants' Attorneys Association, California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, Workers' Compensation Claims Association, and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. In 2005, Mr. Rassp was a contributing author for Chapters 29 (Social Security and Medicare) and 32 (Permanent Disability Rating Schedules) in Hanna, California Law of Employee Injuries and Workers' Compensation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), and Chapter 7 (Permanent Disability Rating Schedule) in Herlick, California Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender). In addition, Mr. Rassp was a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance (LexisNexis). He is the new editor-in-chief of Rassp & Herlick, California Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis). Mr. Rassp is a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board and is a member of the sub-committee for WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions. He is also a member of the Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board.
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