State Fund Hikes Rates For 2022

How much is State Compensation Insurance Fund increasing rates for 2022? Which classes will be hit hardest? Premium subscribers can get the story and the list of classes right here…

Employer Owes Premium In Independent Contractor Dispute

When can independent contractors who don’t have a contractor’s license still qualify as an independent contractor? A new decision sheds light on the intricacies. Get the details here…

“Rust” Movie Fatality Raises Host Of Workers’ Comp Issues

What are the workers' comp and other legal implications surrounding the fatal shooting on a New Mexico movie set? Where might the workers' comp claims land? And get some wisdom from producers who work with production companies.

Classification Dispute: Housekeeping Vs Janitorial

What is the difference between housekeeping and janitorial services? Why did a carrier change a cleaning compa-ny’s assigned classification?
Commentary…

Federal Vaccine Mandate Spurs Litigation

By: Mark Webb
Fed-OSHA’s vaccine ETS and the president’s executive order mandating corporate behavior are facing multiple legal challenges all over the country. Columnist Mark Webb digs in to help explain the legal and technical issues. Read it now as clear content provided as a public service.
The Applied Underwriters’ Legal Saga…

Court Rejects CIC’s Demand To Compel

Continuing its scorched earth litigation strategy, Applied Underwriters’ unit California Insurance Company and the Department of Insurance were back in court over discovery issues. Why did the judge reject CIC’s points?

Expanding Payrolls Boost State Fund’s 3Q Results

How is the state’s largest workers' comp carriers performing financially? What are the factors driving the improvement in its underwriting performance?
Applied Underwriters’ Adjusting the Claim…

Court Allows Injured Worker’s FEHA Claims

How does a workers' comp claim spawn a discrimination lawsuit? What did a company do and how does the court say it should have responded?

Tips, Restaurant Industry Segments Under Review

California restaurant sector could soon see major changes to workers’ comp classifications and how workers' comp premium is calculated. Premium subscribers can find out what is under consideration by clicking here

RAND Study Fails to Consider Major Issues

A key economic analysis of Cal/OSHA’s proposed regulation to prevent indoor heat illness is official. It says there are whopping costs, but also whopping benefits. Click here to see the RAND Corp. findings.

Workers’ Comp Filing Proposed Changes

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is working on new regulations for its next filing. What important changes are likely to be going into the next filing?

Long-Covid More Prevalent Than Thought

Workers' comp costs for Covid-19 claims have generally been lower than the typical claim. Could this be changing? The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) warns that a significant number of individuals who contracted Covid-19 and had only mild symptoms or were asymptomatic are still suffering the effects of the virus months later.
Commentary…

Keep On Trucking

By: Mark Webb
Will vaccine mandates give the trucking industry a flat tire and thus add to the nation’s supply chain troubles? Columnist Mark Webb has some thoughts on this and other challenges facing motor carriers.

Workers’ Comp Cost, Benefit Ratios Continue to Decline

How does California’s workers' comp system rank in terms of workers' comp costs and benefits paid out? What are the trends?

Another Staffing Agency Operator Charged

Fake certificates of insurance. Claims paid out of pocket. This workers' comp fraud case allegedly had it all.