Why are prosecutors warning of a coming tsunami of workers' comp fraud? How do the plan to use anti-fraud funding to stem the tide?
The Legislature’s work for the year is done and now it is up to Gov. Gavin Newsom. What are the bills of interest to the workers' comp community on his desk?
Parties say there are good and bad proposals in the Division of Workers' Compensation’s planned update to the copy service fee schedule. What are the sticking points and how can they be fixed?
When is a clerical worker – who is physically separated from other expensive classifications - not covered by 8810? An employer is challenging an assignment decision, but with very unusual circumstances. See how you think the case should be decided. Premium subscribers can click here…
What’s the latest workers' comp claims data tell us about the pandemic and its impact on the sys-tem? Where are the costs and how do actuaries see them changing in the near future?
Changes are in the works at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and the Division of Workers Compensation district offices. Remote and in-person services might be affected. Why does columnist Mark Webb say the status quo should be protected?
A state court ruling is at odds with a federal decision on workers' comp exclusivity in third-party claims for Covid-19 infections. Who’s joining the fight and what is their argument?
The state has a new med-legal fee schedule and the initial impact on costs is startling. How much higher are they than expected?
The California Supreme Court retained the all-important Privette doctrine. But what did it have to say about jury instructions? The Court overturned a $7 million jury verdict in favor of an injured worker.
Why did a court find a contractor’s workers were employees and not independent contractors? What happened to the claim for the worker killed in the accident?
The Department of Industrial Relations tapped a new leader for its anti-fraud efforts. Who’s running the show, what do they bring to the table and how do they plan to get the bad actors out of the system?