District Attorneys Jockey For Anti-Fraud Funds

District attorneys from around the state made last-ditch presentations to bolster their requests for a share of the nearly $46 million that is up for grabs this year to fight workers’ comp fraud in the state. The money is part of the $78 million that California employers are required to pay to support the DAs … Read More »

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California Rate Recommendations’ Differences Largest In A Decade

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau made its pure premium rate filing official last week and sought a 2.7% increase in California workers’ comp advisory rates effective September 1, 2021 – the first increase since rates began to fall in 2015. The filing is at odds with the recommendations made by the public members of … Read More »

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Proposed Telecommuter Class, Updated Thresholds Now Under Review

The California Department of Insurance held its perfunctory public hearing on proposed changes to the state’s uniform statistical reporting plan, and the issue is now under consideration by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. The proposed changes include creating a new class for clerical workers who telecommute for work, updates to the variable split thresholds for differentiating … Read More »

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Dual Wage Thresholds to Get Wider Range

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will be filing to increase the wage threshold that separates over a dozen construction classifications into high and low wage groupings with vastly different rates. The insurer members on its Classification and Rating Committee opted not to adjust the threshold in two classes and rejected an employer representative’s plea … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Community Salutes Christine Baker

There was a palpable sense of loss in the room when the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation opened its meeting last week. The meeting was held just days after the sudden resignation of Christine Baker from state service after a successful and storied 34-year career. Baker was the Commission’s original executive director and … Read More »

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New Insidious Form of Fraud

The crooks are back. It’s no surprise in California that after every reform there are those who figure out how to screw the system. Despite several years of workers’ comp reforms, nefarious individuals have found a way to take advantage of injured employees and employers. The schemes even have applicants’ attorneys aghast. Attorneys say they … Read More »

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Variable Split X-Mod Plan Under Fire

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau held a hastily called webinar after upset brokers flooded the California Department of Insurance with comments opposing the state’s move to a variable split point system for determining excess and primary losses. The opposition surfaced during an extended comment period on the Bureau’s 2017 regulatory filing that establishes the … Read More »

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WCIRB Regulatory Proposal Faces Opposition

Employers are asking Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to hold off on adopting one section of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s proposed regulations for 2017. It is the section dealing with first aid claims. Businesses say the proposed reporting provisions are unclear and inappropriate in light of changes coming down the pike to exempt the … Read More »

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