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Sullivan on Comp is Moving to Its Own Platform on February 1st!

Posted by Michael W. Sullivan on Jan 10, 2017 2:41:34 PM

Starting February 1st, "Sullivan on Comp," currently hosted on, will be hosted right here on

Other than a new location, very little will change. You will have:

  • the same user name and login,

  • the same expiration/renewal date,

  • the same renewal date and book replacement schedule.

Corporate subscribers will receive replacement desktop icons. (Until then, current ones will work by forwarding you to this site as an already-authorized user.)

And, if you are also a WorkCompCentral subscriber, you’ll be able to go back and forth between SOC and with a single click, while staying logged in to both.


Individual User Questions

Where do I go to login?

Beginning February 1st, you’ll see a login link in the site's navigation bar at the top of the home page. Your existing email address and password will work.

Will I be able to change my password?

Yes. It will be easy to update in the account settings any time.

Can I still access "Sullivan on Comp" at

The SOC links at WorkCompCentral will forward you to, the new subscription host.

Will my subscription renew without interruption?

Yes. Same SOC content, but in a different web location.

I subscribe to both "Sullivan on Comp" and Can I go back and forth between sites?

Yes. Each website will provide links to the other for joint users to navigate easily between them while staying logged in.

What if I want to change the credit card on file when I renew?

You may update the information in your account settings any time you like.

Will I still get my annually updated books?

Yes. 2017 Update books are in production now and will be issued on the usual schedule.

What chapters are being updated in 2017?

  • Chapter 15

  • Chapter 16

  • 2017 Supplement (covering significant updates in all other chapters)

  • Table of Contents/Index Book

I just recently renewed. Do I have to pay again to be on the new platform?

No. You pay only on your annual renewal date.

Will my card get charged because of this transfer?

No. Your card is charged only once a year, on the date of your subscription renewal.

How will "Sullivan on Comp" charge my credit card at renewal?

To facilitate a smooth transition and uninterrupted service, WorkCompCentral will securely convey the information it has on-file regarding your account to "Sullivan on Comp". This includes your name, contact info, password and credit card number. If you don't want that to happen, please notify WorkCompCentral at (805) 484-0333 on or before Jan. 20, 2017.

Will "Sullivan on Comp" have its own customer service number?

Yes, call us at

Toll-Free: +1 866 458 8762
Remember: +1 866 I LUV SOC

Or email for assistance at: 


Corporate User Questions

How will the desktop icons work?

Corporate users will receive replacement desktop icons. Until then, the current icons will work.

A representative from "Sullivan on Comp" will reach out to your company’s administrative contact to implement this change.


Webinars and Training Certificates

How will I get records of attendance for educational courses I’ve taken in the past?

For any webinar you’ve taken before Feb. 1st, 2017, obtain certificates directly from Records are kept for five years after you complete a course. Contact them online or by calling (805) 484-0333.

I missed a past webinar I would like to view in the future. Will I be able to do so after February 1st?

Yes. The new "Sullivan on Comp" platform hosts the archive of past SOC webinars.

Records regarding certificates for any webinar you view after Feb. 1st, 2017, no matter when it originally aired, will be maintained on the "Sullivan on Comp" platform after that date.

Will "Sullivan on Comp" continue to present webinars?

Yes. Webinars produced by the "Sullivan on Comp" team will continue on a similar schedule as in the past.

How will I register for webinars after February 1st?

Register for webinars broadcast after Feb. 1st, 2017 on the new "Sullivan on Comp" platform.


Purchases, Subscriptions and Renewals

How do I subscribe to SOC after Feb 1st?

Subscribe right here at

How do renewals work?

When you subscribe, you choose whether to purchase only print books; only online content; or both.

At the one-year anniversary of your subscription, your card is charged for renewal. Each year, in early spring, updated books are printed and automatically forwarded to all hard-copy subscribers. Online content is updated monthly.

How do I know if my set of books is up to date?

View the infographic showing the 2016 updates to verify your set matches.

Will you continue to sell individual books?



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Case Law Updates for January 2017

Posted by Michael W. Sullivan on Jan 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To keep Sullivan on Comp up to date on a monthly basis, our team dives into each panel decision and new laws to include an explanation of how each case fits within the workers' compensation scheme. Below is a sampling of this month's updates.

Complete discussions of these topics can be found in Sullivan on Comp available to subscribers at



In Lee v. West Kern Water District (2016) 81 CCC 966, the 5th District Court of Appeal held that an employee's civil claim for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress was not barred by the exclusive remedy rule when she was injured during a mock robbery staged by the employer.



In Taylor v. DIR (2016) 81 CCC 1016, the 1st District Court of Appeal held that the term "calendar year," as used in LC 3722(b), means the 12-month period immediately preceding a determination by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement that an employer has been uninsured for the requisite period.

In Nunez v. Mann Packing Company, Inc., 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 568, the WCAB held that the State of California/In-Home Supportive Services, as a legally uninsured entity, does not constitute other insurance per IC 1063.1 and denied CIGA's petition for reimbursement and a petition for change of administrator.



In Garza v. City of Fresno, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 556, the WCAB held that an applicant's specific injury Sept. 20, 2005 was not barred by the statute of limitations when he received treatment for the injury in July 2011 and filed an application March 29, 2012.



In Rivas v. North American Trailer, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 572, the WCAB upheld a WCJ's decision allowing an applicant to designate a physician employed by Casa Colina Transitional Living Center (Casa Colina) to be his primary treating physician within the defendant's MPN.



In Duboise v. Black Road Auto & Tow, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 552, the WCAB held that the Death Without Dependents Unit was not entitled to a death benefit under LC 4706.5(a) when it found that the decedent's 19-year-old daughter was a partial dependent.



In Gage v. WCAB, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1120, the 1st District Court of Appeal held that the WCAB has jurisdiction to impose penalties under LC 5814 for the unreasonable delay or denial of advance disability pension payments available under LC 4850.4 to local peace officers who are disabled on the job because: (1) such payments qualify as compensation under LC 3207; (2) LC 5814 penalties are available for unreasonable delay or denial of the payment of compensation; and (3) no other provision of the Labor Code evinces a legislative intent to exclude such payments from the penalty provisions of LC 5814.

In Carter v. California Department of Corrections, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 584, the WCAB rescinded imposition of an LC 5814 penalty in the amount of $12,875.86 when the WCJ's award was not sufficiently certain to permit enforcement.



In De Silva v. Mission Hospital, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 550, the WCAB granted removal of a WCJ's order requiring an employer hospital to produce all reports, policies and procedure manuals pertaining to infection prevention and control for operating rooms, including incident reports pertaining to patient infections, and all records pertaining to monthly infectious control department reports for operating rooms. T

In Granillo v. Southern Farmland and Cultivation, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 590, the WCAB rescinded a WCJ's decision that an applicant was temporarily disabled (TD) from May 11, 2013 to June 27, 2013, based on the report of the applicant's primary treating physician (PTP), and held that he was TD through Nov. 13, 2014, based on the opinion of the QME, even though the applicant did not object to the PTP's report.

In Salazar v. San Diego Personnel and Employment Agency, Inc., 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 573, the WCAB held that a defendant was entitled to a replacement QME under CCR 31.5(a)(12) when the QME served the applicant with the initial report, but did not serve the defendant until after it had requested a replacement panel.

In Gonzales v. ABM Industries, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 558, the WCAB adopted a WCJ's decision allowing a replacement QME when the original QME could evaluate the applicant only via telemedicine.

In Gallardo v. AT&T Mobility Services, LLC, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 554, the WCAB held that a QME violated LC 4628 when he failed to identify that another entity reviewed and summarized the records sent to the QME regarding the applicant's treatment history in preparing a supplemental report.

In Bombardly v. City of Fresno, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 547, the WCAB upheld a WCJ's decision denying a defendant's request for another QME evaluation when the applicant filed claim forms for both claimed injuries prior to a QME evaluation.

In Arciniega v. Santa Monica Seafood Co., 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 545, the WCAB held that a defendant's failure to timely object to a medical-legal expense precluded it from disputing the bill on the grounds of reasonableness and necessity.

In Brook v. California Pizza Kitchen, 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 548, the WCAB rejected a defendant's effort to set aside a stipulation that provided that the applicant would be paid $36,570 for a 34 percent permanent disability award, even though she should have been paid $24,182.31 based on her earnings.


Complete discussion of these topics can be found in Sullivan On Comp available to subscribers at

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