FLASH REPORTS

Flash: New Rules for the Bureau’s Regs

The Insurance Commissioner has approved the WCIRB’s technical filing amending certain classes and approving expected loss rates. Click here for the gist of the approval.

Flash: California Extends COVID Rules

Cal/OSHA readopts a slightly slimmed-down version of its controversial COVID regulation. What’s in it? How long will it last?  And what happens next? Click here

Flash: Has the Bureau Lost Its Ever Lovin’ Mind?

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s insurer members voted in unison against the public members to again try for an increase in California workers’ comp pure premium rates. How much are they asking for? Get the details here.

ARTICLES

Pure Premium Rate Decision Due Soon

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara heard two forecasts for California's workers' comp system. How do they differ, and what are the cost implications for employers? What did we learn about Lara's interests? What does that mean for the new rates?

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Applied Underwriters’ Lawsuit

The Ninth Circuit delivered a devastating blow to Applied Underwriters' attempt to avoid the rehabilitation of its California Insurance Company. How did the court use Applied's own words against itself to dismiss the lawsuits? The full details are here.

Claims Investigation Bill Amended, Mandatory Comp Bill Advances

A controversial bill to limit claims investigations is changing. Another for mandatory workers' comp coverage for some contractor license types is advancing. Get the details here.
Commentary…

Rate Increase – Is the Bureau Correct?

By: J Dale Debber,  Publisher
It’s not very often our publisher Dale Debber agrees with the Bureau regarding actuarial. In this real-life analysis of the reality of the workers’ comp world, Dale takes a new tack. Find out what he really thinks right now, right here. Just click this.

Anti-Fraud Funding Recommendations

District attorneys are lining up for a share of over $50 million in anti-fraud funds. Some wins and losses punctuated last year's efforts.
Commentary…

Déjà vu Is An Occupational Hazard

By: Mark Webb
There’s an uneasy feeling moving through California’s workers' comp system amid rumors of impending legislative changes. Columnist Mark Webb offers some historical perspectives and observations on the current state of affairs.

Feds Oppose Workers’ Comp Marijuana Reimbursement

The highest court in the land is being asked to rule on workers' comp coverage of marijuana for treating injured workers. Why is the federal government opposed to the idea?
Is it Satire or For Real ….

UFO’s & Workers’ Comp Coverage

By: J Dale Debber,  Publisher
In this sometimes serious, sometimes satirical piece, Dale Debber takes an opportunity to provide an insider look at California workers’ comp. Just click here.

MEWA Head Facing Tax, Disability Fraud Charges

The indicted head of an illegal workers' comp scheme is facing new federal charges. How much was allegedly siphoned out of the original scheme for personal gain? Get the details here.

Construction Wrap-Up Policy Is Other Coverage

Wrap-up policies are common for covering larger construction projects. Why is coverage from this policy expand-ing to other worksites?

AG Bonta Files Opposition To Journalists’ AB 5 Challenge

California’s Attorney General weighs in on a federal court challenge to the state’s ABC test for some workers. Why does he say the current system is fair and just?

NEWS DIGEST

News Digest 6-30-2022

Note: Workers’ Comp Executive will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 4, and resume daily publication Monday, July 18. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued … Read More »

News Digest 6-29-2022

Note: Workers’ Comp Executive will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 4, and resume daily publication Monday, July 18. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued … Read More »

News Digest 6-28-2022

Note: Workers’ Comp Executive will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 4, and resume daily publication Monday, July 18. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued … Read More »

News Digest 6-27-2022

Note: Workers’ Comp Executive will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 4, and resume daily publication Monday, July 18. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued … Read More »

News Digest 6-24-2022

  West Virginia’s new appellate court to open July 1 West Virginia’s Intermediate Court of Appeals is scheduled to open July 1. The state legislature created the court, which is … Read More »