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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Hiring Authority Restored at Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations is back in charge of recruiting, testing, and hiring its staff. The State Personnel Board voted unanimously to restore the authority it revoked following controversies surrounding a flawed exam process for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspectors. DIR lost its ability to independently run civil service examinations … Read More »

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California Spends $800M Annually On Workers’ Comp

The workers’ comp costs for California state workers has climbed to $803 million, according to the latest fiscal year totals from CalHR. The spending on workers’ comp benefits amounts to an 11.2% increase from the prior year or an additional $81 million out of taxpayers’ pockets (for past coverage see State Employees…). Only a handful … 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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State of California’s Workers’ Comp Payments Nearly 4% of Payroll

California’s taxpayers paid out nearly $670 million for workers’ comp benefits and associated adjusting costs during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to state records. The payout amounts to 3.86% of the state’s payroll of $17.3 Billion. The total workers’ comp costs were up roughly $5 million from the prior year and included $134 million in … Read More »

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Reserve Charge Upends SCIF’s Combined Ratio

The State Compensation Insurance Fund boosted its loss adjustment expense reserves by $217 million and also shifted $448 million from losses to the LAE category during the fourth quarter to recognize the impact of recent salary increases for claims adjusters. The result changed what would have been a combined ratio of 132.8 to a whopping … Read More »

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Pay Raise For Workers’ Comp Judges

The judges presiding over workers’ comp cases at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board are in store for a pay raise under a deal their union struck with the state. Legislation to enact the agreement reached with the Bargaining Unit 2 workers represented by the California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment … Read More »

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Short-Term Disability Up 68% For State Agencies

California taxpayers are paying 42% more for treating injured state employees than they were just five years ago as the state’s workers’ comp costs have ballooned to $656 million a year. One key cost driver is the rapid increase in spending for short-term indemnity benefits that have skyrocketed 68% over this same time to $152 … Read More »

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