FLASH REPORTS

Flash: Workers’ Comp Assessments Go Sky High

For 2022 California employers will be paying more in workers’ comp surcharges to run the Department of Industrial Relations. How much more? It’s horrifying. Get the details here.

Flash: Fed-OSHA Issues Vaccine Mandate – Employers Get Choice

Federal requirements for employers with at least 100 employees take effect soon. The development raises big questions for California.

Flash: Dramatic Increases in Fed, Cal/OSHA Penalties?

Language in a congressional budget bill would increase Fed-OSHA penalties tenfold for certain violations. Would Cal/OSHA be forced to follow suit?

ARTICLES

CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, Secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month, through February 15.

2021 Year In Review

The COVID-19 pandemic again dominated the headlines last year, but was far from the only story of import for California’s workers' comp industry. What other stories rose to the top? Click here for the annual Top Stories list for 2021.
Exclusivity Provision Does Not Apply …

Appeals Court Allows Third-Party Covid-19 Claim

Why is a state appeals court allowing a civil tort claim to proceed when a federal court says such cases are covered by workers' comp? What’s next in the dispute?

Self-Insured Pursues Subrogation for Comp Claims

Who should bear the cost of two workers' comp claims filed by Fresno city workers? The city is currently paying, but is subrogating the claims. Who might end up covering the costs.

Workers’ Comp Costs Up for Some California Taxpayers

Workers' comp claims are down but costs are up for public sector employers that self-insure for workers' comp. How much more are taxpayers paying?
Commentary…

The Going Rate for Workers’ Comp Reform

By: Mark Webb
Is California’s workers' comp system due for an overall or a tune-up? What will be the deciding factors when state legislators return to Sacramento? Columnist Mark Webb offers deep insight.

State’s Injury and Illness Rate Improved In 2020

Most industries showed a marked improvement in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses last year. Who bucked the trend and saw injury and illness rates tick up?

Employer Assessments Hit Historic Highs

The Department of Industrial Relations is sending out its annual assessment notices to carriers and self-insured employers. How do the charges break down and what is the key factor behind the overall increase?

Regional Claims Differences, But No Regional Rates

California is a large state and regional differences have an impact on workers' comp claims. How is a NorCal claim different from one in SoCal and why is the same rate applied to both?

Fraud Conviction Challenged

A jury convicted the alleged ringleader of a major medical kickback scheme. Is the case over? Why is the conviction being questioned?

Filed: $17M Premium Fraud Case

Prosecutors filed on of the state’s largest ever workers' comp premium fraud cases. Who was involved and what is the potential penalty?

NEWS DIGEST

News Digest 1-14-2022

  Connecticut workers’ compensation rates fall for eighth straight year Workers’ compensation premiums in Connecticut are decreasing for an eighth consecutive year, Gov. Ned Lamont has announced. The Connecticut Insurance … Read More »

News Digest 1-13-2022

  Mother of grocery store employee sues over her COVID-related death A lawsuit filed by the mother of a disabled 27-year-old woman who worked in a Maryland grocery store when … Read More »

News Digest 1-12-2022

  Supreme Court agrees to review state law that helps ill Hanford employees The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a Washington state law that makes it far easier … Read More »

News Digest 1-11-2022

  Officer’s widow fights city of Winston-Salem for workers’ comp Sergeant Mike McDonald of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department died in October of COVID-19 pneumonia, after working a fair … Read More »

News Digest 1-10-2022

  Connecticut Supreme Court again denies claims by victims of 2010 gas plant explosion The Connecticut Supreme Court has issued a ruling absolving the plant owner and its administrative agent … Read More »