The California Department of Insurance started its internal deliberations on proposed classification changes and a significant tweak to the experience rating methodology. What are the specific changes on the table and when can we expect a decision?
Despite a profitable and competitive market, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau again asks for an increase in pure premium rates. How does this filing stack up to last year's? What is the public actuaries' recom-mendation?
The Ninth Circut has asked California's highest court to resolve a third-party workers' comp liability case. What are the specific questions it asks the California Supreme Court to answer?
It's California, so it is no surprise that a bill to link worker' comp disability benefits to the earning disparity between men and women is advancing. But what about the other alleged genders? What is and is not in the bill?
A technology bill failed to advance this year in the legislature, but the fight over automated decision systems is far from over. What are the broader implications for the workers' comp system? Columnist Mark Webb has some thoughts.
A Court of Appeal blocked a defamation case against California Insurance Guarantee Association and its claims adjuster Sedwick. What standards it apply?
After years of litigation and delay, Applied Underwriters is being ordered to respond to New Jersey officials, as it was in California and other states, over its use of an unfiled and unapproved collateral agreement. Where will the showdown take place?
It's no surprise that an Assemblyman campaigning to replace Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is also pushing bills to reform the California Department of Insurance. What changes is he advocating?
Did the Court of Appeal give an applicant a second bite at the apple after settling her workers' comp claim? Why did she contend that a negligence lawsuit was legitimate?
Deliberations are coming to a head for the September 1, 2021, pure premium rate filing. What are the factors driving the decision? Will rates go up or down? Get the story here.
The Department of Industrial Relations has promised for over a year to dig into what is driving up employer costs for the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund. Is fraud a part of the problem? Is incompetence? When is the first shovel likely to hit the dirt?