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FLASH: Rate Hearing: Conflicting Views On Workers' Comp Rates, Industry's Health The workers' comp pure premium rate hearing is over. Here’s what the California Department of Insurance heard about reserve inadequacy, rates and more.  Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Here’s the New Workers' Comp Rate Filing The Bureau is amending its rate filing for 2015 pure premium rates and the recommendation is coming down. But the move is not without controversy. What is the increase and what did the employer and labor representatives say the number should have been? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Lower Workers' Comp Rate Increase Now Expected For 2015 The workers' comp landscape is changing and employers might finally catch a break. What's the latest from the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau and how might it affect your rates next year? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...

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Questionable Savings From SB 863, Industry Pricing Patterns Key Issues At Rate Hearing The Insurance Commissioner got an earful during the annual workers' comp rate hearing. The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau backed the industry while employers and labor presented an alternative view on where rates should go in 2015. Click here for the full story. Read more here ... More...
Debate Over Handling Of First Aid Claims Bubbles To The Surface Again Inconsistent reporting of first aid claims and their associated costs is impacting the experience rating system and efforts are underway to address the problem. Employers and carriers both are routinely confused about the rules. What changes are being considered? Click here.  Read more here ... More...
New Blood At WCAB Leads To New Ruling In Dubon En Banc A new majority formed at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and it came to a different conclusion on when workers' comp judges could make medical decision in the post SB 863 era. How did the board limit its decision and why are employers not out of the woods yet? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
California’s FEHA Eligibility For Illegal Aliens Goes To US Supreme Court A California employer is seeking confirmation from the United States Supreme Court tha federal law prohibiting employment of an illegal alien supersedes California law. What are the other underlying issues in dispute? Click here Read more here ... More...
Will A Workers’ Comp Formulary Bring Potential Cost Savings Prescription drug costs for treating injured workers are on the rise and the administration says it is considering a radical change to clamp down on costs. What's in the works and how much could its save California employers? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Health Status, Job Security Are Strong Indicators For Delayed Return-To-Work New research says there are early indicators of workers' comp claims that will stay open longer than they should. What should employers and claims adjusters be looking for to identify claims for early intervention? Get the details here. Read more here ... More...
WCAB Updates Rules For Lien Claimants, Unrepresented Workers The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board is getting some outdated rules off the books and updating others. What do the new rules do to control California's ongoing lien problem? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
CDI Drafts Rules For Large Deductible The California Department of Insurance is preparing to update rules and regulations governing the policy forms, endorsements and side agreements that workers' comp carriers use in the state. When and how are the regulations likely to change? Get the full story here. Read more here ... More...