Death Benefit, Interpreter, CURES Funding Bills Survive

The California Legislature sent a handful of bills impacting the state’s workers’ comp system to Gov. Jerry Brown for action before the session closed. Included among the bills that passed is a controversial attempt to boost death benefits for some public safety officers without regard for the true cost to California taxpayers which is still … Read More »

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Senate Panel Passes Death Benefits Bill, But Cost Controversy Remains

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved a bill that will double the amount of time that public safety officers – policemen and firefighters primarily – would have to qualify for survivor benefits if they succumb to cancer or several other conditions, which under special workers’ comp laws are presumed to be industrially caused. … Read More »

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Administration, Employer Coalition Get Behind Workers’ Comp Reform Package

A key official in the Brown Administration is now out in support of the tentative workers’ comp reform package that entered circulation last week, while the employer backed California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) is also voicing its support for the deal. Department of Industrial Relations director Christine Baker announced that the department is supportive … Read More »

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Liberty Mutual, Security Fund Sue Remaining CAP Members

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the Self-Insurers Security Fund are suing just more than 100 members of the failed Contractor Access Program Self-insured Group (CAPSIG) for allegedly failing to indemnify Liberty Mutual and pay their fair share of claims now being administered by SISF. The members allegedly owe $11.9 million and $9.6 million to Liberty … Read More »

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Employers and Labor Warn Against Workers’ Comp Rate Hike

Both labor and employer representatives are warning Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones that now is a bad time to approve a mid-year rate increase for workers’ comp rates. At the same time, the independent actuary representing the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s public members says the WCIRB’s request for a 9.1% mid-year pure premium increase might … Read More »

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Restaurant SIG Sues Administrator and Service Providers

Self-insured group California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation (CRMBC) is suing its administrator CHSI California, Inc. and other entities that provide actuarial, accounting and underwriting functions, alleging 11 causes of action, including breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of written contract. According to the complaint, which was filed in San Diego Superior Court, CRMBC is … Read More »

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SIG Board Members Given Advice and Subtle Warning

The Office of Self Insurance Plans (OSIP) is giving a friendly reminder to employers who serve as board members to their self-insured group (SIG) that significant responsibilities and potential liabilities go along with the position if they fail to live up to required standards. The reminder came in the form of a guidance letter developed … Read More »

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CAP Deal in the Homestretch

The final settlement proposal for the self-insured group Contractors Access Program (CAP) is being greeted positively by the majority of its members, according to Bickmore Risk Services, the conservator appointed by the Department of Industrial Relations. The “Litigation Proceeds and Expense Agreement” between CAP, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the Office of Self Insurance (OSIP), … Read More »

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