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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...
FLASH: Significant Changes at SCIF: Vern’s Improvements Begin General Counsel Carol Newman is out at State Fund.  New CEO Vern Steiner is building his new teams and creating culture change.  Click here …  Read more here ... More...

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Risk of Public Agency Default Discussed A new study discusses the risk of public agencies in California defaulting on their workers’ comp obligations. Find out which types of agencies are most at risk, and what claims characteristics say about the nature of the risk. Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
FedEx Drivers Are Employees Not Independent Contractors A major California employer is having a significant portion of its workforce reclassified as employees instead of independent contractors. What are the workers' comp implications of the decision? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Companion Acquired By Enstar Group – Likely Into Runoff One of California's larger workers' compensation carriers is in a deal to be acquired. What's happening and why? Was it a case of too big too fast? Click here to find out who and why. Read more here ... More...
State Fund Settles Auditors' Overtime Wage Claims How much is State Fund going to pay its former payroll auditors for unpaid overtime? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Workers’ Comp Bills on the California Governor’s Desk Workers' compensation wasn't a major priority for the California Legislature this year, but it did take action on several measures to the detriment of California employers. So many veto requests so few bills. What was passed and why employers might find themselves on the hook for someone else's mistakes? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
Bureau Says Under Reserving Is Substantial A new report shows that the reserves booked by workers' comp carriers appear short of what the costs will actually be. How short are they and what are the mitigating factors? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Increase In Workers’ Comp Audit Threshold The threshold for requiring an audit of an employer's payroll has been increased. How high is it going and why are some concerned? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
California's New Bill Dispute System Little Used Why are providers avoiding using the state's new system for settling workers' comp billing disputes? Theories abound, but the end result is that few decisions are being issued. Click here for the full story. Read more here ... More...
Staffing Firms Liable To Cal/OSHA For Employee Safety Staffing and other firms in the business of seconding employees to other firms face new liabilities. The Cal/OSH Appeals Board has established new rules. Read about them right here. Read more here ... More...
Revised Workers’ Comp Benefit Notices – Really, Will They Make A Difference? The Division of Workers' Compensation is proposing to simplify the notifications that get sent to injured workers and the move could save employers millions each year. Where did it gets its first draft correct and what still needs work? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Construction Halted: Contractors Found with No Workers Comp State investigators are taking a hard line with the underground economy. What violations are they finding in the field and how much is it costing the cheats? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...