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A Workers' Compensation Judge must decide any cause before him or her within 90 days, including issuing an order after the case is returned to the judge.
This is covered by California Labor Code Section 123.5, which penalizes a judge by not paying his salary if he or she keeps a cause pending for longer than 90 days.
Here is California Labor Code Section 123.5(a) for your reference:
123.5. (a) A workers' compensation administrative law judge may not receive his or her salary as a workers' compensation administrative law judge while any cause before the workers' compensation administrative law judge remains pending and undetermined for 90 days after it has been submitted for decision. I hope the above information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any follow up or clarifying questions. Thanks and best of luck!