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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...
FLASH: Commissioner Sets Date For Workers' Comp Rate Hearing The annual workers comp pure premium rate hearing is being scheduled earlier this year. When and where will you have the chance to speak up in opposition to the industry's request for a 6.7% increase?  And when are the 2015 X-Mods likely to start issuing? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Napa Earthquake: Employer Wakeup Call A damaging earthquake in Wine Country could have been a lot worse for employers – it happened in the middle of the night. But what happens if next time it's during work hours? Here are ways to get your workplace ready for the next Big One. Read more here ... More...

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Controversy Surrounds Rating Bureau’s 6.7% Hike In Workers’ Comp Rates The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is making a filing to increase rates by 6.7% next year, but the controversy doesn’t end there. Why did the business and labor representatives stand in unified opposition to the insurance industry majority? Click here for the details behind the rate hike and what could be coming next month.  Read more here ... More...
Quicker Process For Issuing Employer X-Mods Planned Employers might catch a break and learn what their X-Mod is months earlier than they do now. What changes are in the works and when might they take effect? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
CIGA Ordered To Reinstate Previously Authorized Nurse Case Manager Services The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board says that CIGA ran afoul of the law when it cut off services from a nurse case manager. What caused CIGA to cut off the services and why does the WCAB say they need to be reinstated? Click here for the story and the decision. Read more here ... More...
Bank Manager Assists in Robbery Then Files Workers’ Comp Claim Prosecutors nab woman for workers' comp fraud before she's whisked off to prison for bank robbery. How are the two crimes connected? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
Compline: Comparative Rating & Application Transmission Free In a change of direction Compline has decided to include its comparative rating and application transmission services as a free part of its membership for retail brokers. Originally scheduled to be a chargeable add on it has been free during testing and introduction.  Read more here ... More...
Is Workers’ Comp Caregiver’s Only Recourse Will California scrape the exclusive remedy doctrine? An in-home caregiver sued her patient for injuries she received on the job, what did the courts decide? And will Legislature to take a look at the situation? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Dupe Filings to Blame For Spike In Workers' Comp IMR Requests There's good and bad news on the independent medical review front for California workers' comp system as the numbers coming in and going out are both on the rise. Where does the system stand right now and what's the short-term outlook? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Increase In Ethics Complaints Against Workers Comp Judges Are workers' compensation judges behaving badly? Many in the system say they are, but not everyone agrees. What are the latest findings about ethical violations at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board? Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Machine Door Is Not A Point of Operation Guard, Court Concludes A Court of Appeal closes a potential back door out of the workers' comp system for some injured workers. How did the court better define the power press exception for workers' comp liability? Click here for the details of the case. Read more here ... More...