FLASH REPORTS

Flash: California Labor Secretary Joining Biden Administration

Less than two years after becoming California’s secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Julie Su is moving on to the number two spot at the US Department of Labor.

Flash: Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn COVID Standard

New lawsuit alleges underground regulation and “ruinous consequences” for agricultural employers from emergency temporary standard. Will this be the one to kill the emergency standard?

Flash: Lawsuit filed to Nullify Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID Rule

Seeking an injunction, employers filed a lawsuit saying the new Cal/OSHA emergency standard was promulgated illegally and that it could be “ruinous” to California employers. It comes at the same time as the COVID vaccines are being distributed. Read about it here.

ARTICLES

State Employee Coronavirus Claims Costs Projected At $100M

How is California doing at protecting state workers from COVID-19? How many state employees have filed workers' comp claims and at what cost to taxpayers? Workers’ Comp Executive has the exclusive on the latest to-tals.

Applied Underwriters’ Prevented From Pulling Assets Out of California

California Department of Insurance officials say Applied Underwriters is engaging in more legal double-speak as it seeks to take assets out of California. How much does it want and why? Get the story here.
Is the End is sight?...

Feds MEWA Investigation Continues

Are more federal charges on the way for the operators of an illegal workers' comp program? Will it even matter? Get the latest by clicking here.

Is This True or Not – You Decide

In today’s environment phraseology is being made up which may not necessarily reflect reality. Sometimes the real news we read is unbelievable. Workers’ Comp Executive thinks you should decide for yourself whether or not you think this story is true. Click here to read it then decide …

Few Swinging Classes Reach Limits

A handful of classes are facing rate increases of 25% next cycle. Are any of your clients in the affected classes? Get the details here.

NY AG Sues Amazon for Reparations in Worker Safety Lawsuit

The nation’s largest online retailer is in hot water over its worker safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is New York’s Attorney General alleging and how much money is she seeking? Get the full story here.

Convicted Pacific Hospital Owner Pardoned

What do California workers' compensation and presidential pardons have in common? Click here for the details on who received a pardon and how it connects to workers' comp in California.
Commentary…

Employer Bill of Rights

By: Gregory Grinberg Esq.
Do employers have a legal or moral obligation to push back against bogus workers' comp claims? What about carriers? Legal expert Gregory Grinberg opines on the importance of Labor Code section 3761. Get the details by clicking here.
Commentary…

TMI?

By: Mark Webb
The state is trying to help employers comply with the myriad rules around the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s latest effort is a new web portal, but industry experts say employers should proceed with caution. Click here for Mark Webb’s thoughts on the matter.

AIG Gets $28M Refund From CIGA, Another Carrier Still Seeks Millions

Why is California Insurance Guarantee Association giving money back to some carriers? What is it doing to limit such scenarios in the future? Click here for the story.

DIR Director Hagen’s Appointment Clears Senate Rules Committee

A key Newsom appointee to the Department of Industrial Relations faced the Senate Rules Committee. What workers' comp issues were raised during the questioning? Get the story here.

NEWS DIGEST

News Digest 3-4-2021

  Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission requests flat budget for FY22 The Illinois Senate held its first appropriations hearing Tuesday to start the budget process for fiscal year 2022. Members of … Read More »

News Digest 3-3-2021

  Lawsuit accuses New Mexico governor of protecting workers’ comp official A new lawsuit accuses New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration of directing state agencies to withhold public records … Read More »

News Digest 3-2-2021

  Former employee sues Iowa school district for discrimination A former employee of Sioux City, Iowa-area school district says in a lawsuit that the district expected him to continue working … Read More »

News Digest 3-1-2021

  Ohio private employers to pay less in worker’s comp premiums Workers’ compensation premium rates paid by private employers in Ohio will drop an average of 7.1 percent starting in … Read More »

News Digest 2-26-2021

  Montana legislators hear testimony on bill expanding workers’ compensation Montana House Business and Labor Committee members heard testimony Wednesday on several bills that would change workers’ compensation, including one … Read More »