Flash: Masks Now Required Everywhere in California

New guidelines outline when face coverings are now required in California and when Californians can go without. Click here for the guidance.

Flash: WCIRB Disappoints on Telecommuter Rate

California moves to create a workers’ comp class for telecommuters, but the state’s employers are likely to miss out on savings that others enjoy. How did the Rating Bureau bury a request by employers to share in the savings? Get the details here.

Dale Debber Offers Solutions in this Commentary…

Flash: 8871 The Bureau Must Think Differently

By: J Dale Debber

For just this once, the WCIRB needs to think and act differently from its norm. This is about a new class code. It would require an act of … well … courage. Here’s a pretty enlightening editorial by Dale Debber replete with a proposed solution.

Flash: Presumption Estimates Slashed for Workers’ Comp

New estimates are coming in as to what the COVID-19 pandemic might cost the California workers’ comp system? Get the details here.

Flash: Newsom Approves Limited Term COVID-19 Presumption

Gov. Gavin Newsom is approving a workers’ comp presumption for COVID-19. What’s in the order and who is covered at what cost? Get the details here.

Flash: State Fund Gives Policyholders $50M In COVID-19 Relief

State Fund policyholders and their workers are getting financial aid to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Who is eligible for the $50 million the carrier is setting aside and how can you apply? Get the details here.

Flash: Premium Relief For COVID-19 Impacted Employers

Business’ crippled by the shelter-in-place orders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic could soon see some financial relief on their workers’ comp insurance and other lines of coverage. What is being ordered and when will the help arrive? Get the details here.

Flash: Flash: Mid-Year Rate Filing

Will there be a California workers’ comp rate increase? What do industry actuaries have to say about the situation? Get the details here.

Flash: WCAB Limits Court Appearances & Filings

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is making changes to operations at the district office limiting exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus. Find out What, How and When by clicking right here.

Flash: New DIR Director & Counsel

Over a year into his office and nearly two years after a vacancy the Governor appoints a new head of Division of Industrial Relations. They get a new General Counsel as well.

Flash: Dems Kill AB 5 Repeal Bill

Some 1 million freelancers had their hopes to kill AB5 crushed. Assembly Republicans attempted to repeal the AB 5 legislation, but the Democrrat majority killed the effort quickly. Hundreds of thousands of contracting relationships between freelancers and businesses have been injured by the Democrat bill. Get more details and see how your Member voted. Click right here right now …

Flash: Pot Use Unacceptable for Both ‘Safety Sensitive’ and Office Workers

Surprisingly, California law provides employers with a wide leeway when it comes to marijuana. It’s not only about physical safety. Get the story here

Flash: AB 5 Amendments Coming, Author Tweets

Indications are that a few changes are in the works for the controversial AB 5 legislation that’s been disrupting business across the state. Which industries are at the front of the line? Get the details by clicking here.

Flash: Applied Underwriters, CIC Motions Disclose Details

There are new developments in the continuing saga of one of California’s largest and most controversial insurance carriers which has been operating under state control for nearly three months. Yep – It’s Applied Underwriters’ California Insurance Company. Get the details here.

Flash: Here’s the 2020 Workers’ Comp Assessment Rates

The 2020 workers’ comp assessments are out. California employers will be paying more to fund the workers’ comp system. How much more? Get the details here.

Flash: Deep Cut In 2020 Pure Premium Rates

The 2020 pure premium rate decision is in and it is good news for California employers. What’s the final rate and why did the California Department of Insurance go deeper than the industry wanted? Get the details here.


The CDI Conservation and Liquidation office is permitting Applied Underwriters’’ California insurance Company to continue to write new and renewal business. Find out about it here….

Flash: 📍New Mexico Balks at CIC Conservation Order

The purported sale/merger/redomestication of California Insurance Company is becoming surreal. Did CDI seize the carrier? Does the carrier even exist? Get the latest by clicking here.

Flash: 🚨Seized California Insurance Company (AppliedUnderwriters')

Applied Underwriters’ California Insurance Company is now operating under a court-ordered conservatorship according to the California Department of Insurance. Click here for the latest in this developing story.

Flash: CDI: Applied Merger Needed Prior Approval

Like all things Applied, clarity is at best opaque and perhaps obscure. And the present situation is no different. Was there a sale or not? Was there a merger or not? As the 1940s radio program The Shadow’s tagline used to say: “Who knows what evil lurks within the hearts of men?” Get what we know so far here ….

The Saga Applied Underwriters’ – Veracity or Verbosity…

Flash: Applied CIC – Admitted or Not? Are In-force Polices In-Force?

Is Applied’s CIC Admitted in California or not? It’s has stopped quoting new and renewal business. Are existing in-force policies in force or not? These and other questions are answered in this edition of the Saga Applied Underwriters’ – Veracity or Verbosity – Click here for an amazing read …

Flash: CDI Rejects Applied Sale; Blocks Escape To New Mexico

More Applied Underwriters Confusion. The California Department says it may have lost its certificate of authority its polices may not be legal. What a mess. Read it here.

Flash: Holy Moly! CDI Didn’t Approve Applied Sale

Did Applied Underwriters and Berkshire Hathaway defy California regulators in moving forward with the change in ownership? We’ve got the official statement from the Department in this developing story. Get the details here.

Flash: Yawn: Berkshire Finally Unloads Troubled Applied Underwriters’

The delayed sale of Applied Underwriters is finally complete. What conditions did the regulators impose? Get the details here.

Flash: CDI Judge Rejects Lara Pressure in Applied Underwriters’ Case

A fight breaks out between the California Insurance Department Judges and the Lara Administration. CDI officials are ramping up pressure on its independent administrative law judges hearing an Applied Underwriters’ cases. The judges aren’t caving. Read about it here.

Flash: Applied Underwriters- Is the Sale In Trouble?

Applied Underwriters missed a key deadline in its plan to break off from Berkshire Hathaway and millions of dollars are now at risk. What’s the latest in the controversial deal?

Flash: Lichtenegger Demands CDI Hold Funds From Applied Carriers

The pending sale of Applied Underwriters has former insureds and current litigants concerned. What protections are they seeking from the California Department of Insurance? Get the details here.

Flash: Ricardo Lara: Was it Money Laundering & Bribery?

By: Brad Cain & Dale Debber

Calls are emerging for a criminal investigation of California’s insurance commissioner and the insurance industry executives linked to political contributions. The scandal is also expanding to other politicians. Get the latest by clicking here.

Flash: Governor Signs Flawed AB 5 Legislation Into Law

California’s labor marketplace is changing and experts predict a litigious future for the state’s employers. Who will be the initial targets? Get the story here.

Flash: Deeper Industry Ties Emerge For Lara

By: Brad Cain & Dale Debber

New facts shire a bright light on embattled California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s troubles. As more details emerge the question arises about how long he will be able to continue in office. Click here for the newest revelations…

Flash: BaronHR Owner Indicted for Tax Evasion

A major PEO and staffing company head is facing new federal charges for failing to remit payroll taxes to the IRS. Who is in the hot seat and how much is allegedly owed? Get the story here.

Flash: Compline to provide 2020 X-Mods Daily – Plus Lower Rating Thresholds, Classification Changes & More

What are the changes that could be affecting your workers’ comp policy next year? Oh yea, and Compline has the 2020 X-Mods. Get the story here.

Flash: State Fund Renews Dividends With Mid-Year Declaration

After a five-year hiatus, State Fund is again going to pay a dividend to its insured. How much, who is eligible and when will you see the money? We’ve got the details. Click here.

Flash: Lara Behested Money to Charity He Ran

By: Dale Debber and Bess Shapiro

In what is becoming a pattern of continuing crookery there is yet another story in the Ricardo Lara chronicles of corruption. He directed Funds to a Charity when he was CEO. Click here for the details …

Flash: Another ALJ Rejects Lara’s Interference

By: J Dale Debber

Ricardo Lara Spanked by Administrative Law Judges in another Applied Underwriters’ case. Get the dope (and some enlightenment)

Flash: Here’s the 2020 Rate Filing Numbers

The Bureau’s members just finished voting on the 2020 pure premium rate filing. What are rates going to do in 2020? Get the details here.

Flash: Lara Sued Over Applied Underwriters Case Reversals

By: Dale Debber and Brad Cain

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s troubles from the Applied Underwriters’ mess are growing. A important new legal front is opening up. Get the latest by clicking here.

Flash: ALJ Rejects Lara’s Order In Applied Underwriters’ Decision

By: Dale Debber and Brad Cain

A California Department of Insurance administrative law judge just said no to embattled Commissioner Ricardo Lara. It is in another Applied Underwriters case. And the decision by the ALJ may be very telling concerning recent moves by the Commissioner. Get the story here.

Flash: Lara Continues To Intervene In Applied Underwriters’ Cases

By: Dale Debber and Brad Cain

Troubling revelations continue to emerge from the Lara campaign contribution scandal involving contributions from individuals linked to Applied Underwriters. It also mdeans more trouble for former EquityComp participants. Get the story here.

Flash: Lara Took Money Before Favorable Actions in Applied Cases

By: Dale Debber

Everyone knows that California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara took money into his 2020 campaign from individuals related to Applied Underwriters. The evidence in the timeline of events strongly suggests that he took official actions after receiving Applied Underwriters’ money. Click here for the details…