State Employee Workers’ Comp Costs Nearly $1Billion

California taxpayers paid out nearly $1Billion – some $845 million – for the 2019-20 fiscal year to provide workers’ compensation benefits to California state workers. The state pays claims but no premium. The total is up 5.2% or $41 million from the prior year and is up $123 million or 17% since the 2017-18 fiscal … Read More »

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Auditor: State Agencies Paying Too Much for Workers’ Comp

California State Auditor Elaine Howle says some state agencies that opted to purchase workers’ compensation coverage from the State Compensation Insurance Fund rather than participate in the state’s master agreement with the quasi-governmental carrier ended up paying far more than they should. The audit looked at 10 of the 32 state agencies that opted to … Read More »

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WCAB Says Working Days Are Non-Holiday Weekdays

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board says in a new significant panel decision that Saturdays do not count in the calculation of working days for completing a utilization review (UR) decision. Labor Code section 4610 allows for five working days to modify, deny or delay a medical treatment request via utilization review and Saturday is not … Read More »

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WCAB Defines Catastrophic In New En Banc Decision

One of the few remaining questions from the SB 863 Baker workers’ comp reforms – how to define a catastrophic injury – has now been answered. Well, at least for the moment. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board says in a new en banc decision that determining whether an injury is “catastrophic” is a fact-driven process … Read More »

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Local Agencies Hope For Vetoes

Local governments and public agencies are taking a new tact in the fight to stave off the financially devastating effects that would follow a broad expansion of disability leave benefits for injured public safety officers. The agencies are pinning their hopes on Gov. Jerry Brown vetoing a pair of bills and keeping the state’s Labor … Read More »

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Gender Bias, CalFire Benefits Bills Advance

A bill allegedly designed to root out gender bias in the workers’ comp system is moving again in the Assembly despite a similar measure being vetoed in the past including a nearly identical bill that succumbed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto pen just seven months ago.  The Assembly Insurance Committee passed AB 1643 by Assemblywoman … Read More »

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