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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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Dual Audit Standards Coming For Self-Insured Employers The Office of Self Insurance Plans is preparing to update its regulations governing self-insured employers and the changes could impact how often employers are audited. Other changes are also being implemented to better identify self-insured that might be heading towards financial difficulties. What's the latest? Click here. Read more here ... More...
AmTrust - Tower A Done Deal; Regulatory Safeguards Required New York regulators approve the merger of California's 7th and 22nd largest workers' comp carriers, but included new regulatory requirements about how the surviving company will operate. What are the new safeguards and what do they require AmTrust Financial Services to do? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
WCAB’s Reconsideration of Dubon Case Expected Shortly Workers' Compensation Appeals Board officials say a decision is imminent in a controversial case challenging independent medical review and employers' utilization review processes. What are the issues still remaining in the case? Click here for the full story. Read more here ... More...
2015 Workers’ Comp Rates Will Hurt Many Employers The insurance industry's request for a workers' comp rate hike in 2015 will have a major impact on some California's employers depending on their industry. Who's getting a big rate hike? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
Carriers’ Under Reserving To Be Topic of Discussion At Rate Hearing Carriers and the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau continue to report far different views on what claims costs will be and the differing view can have a significant impact on the adequacy of reserves. What does the latest data show? Get the story here.  Read more here ... More...
Carrier Executives See Softer Market Coming Insurance industry executives give their predictions on which employers will fare better in the workers' comp market in 2015 and who might have a rough road. What's the driving factors behind the 12 to 18 month outlook? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
On Demand Processing Of QME Panels The Division of Workers' Compensation is preparing to roll out a new system for processing requests for qualified medical evaluators (QMEs). Which requests will be eligible and how might the process work? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
New York Court Decision Big Win For California Employers California employers battling national carriers over mandatory arbitration agreements and other rules set by side agreements have a new weapon to use. Why did a New York court say three California employers are not bound by the terms that American International Group set? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Reserve Charges Increase State Fund’s Underwriting Loss 73% The State Compensation Insurance Fund took a new reserve charge in the second quarter that helped push up its underwriting loss. How big was the charge and what's behind the reserve cost increase? Get the full story here. Read more here ... More...