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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State Employee Coronavirus Claims Costs Projected At $100M

California workers’ comp records show that 3.7% of all active state employees have filed a workers’ comp claim for work-related COVID-19. An exclusive analysis of State Compensation Insurance Fund and Division of Workers’ Compensation claim data by Workers’ Comp Executive shows the 8,607 claims filed to date include 5,575 accepted claims and another 3,032 that … 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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Supreme Court Lets IMR Ruling Stand

The California Supreme Court refused to interfere in a case challenging an untimely independent medical review decision and is letting stand the Court of Appeal decision that says the IMR decision is binding. The Appeals Court overturned the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board which sought to allow workers’ comp judges to make medical treatment decisions in … Read More »

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Court Overturns WCAB On Leave Decision

The California Court of Appeal for the Second District has ruled the California Highway Patrol improperly offset a portion of an injured officer’s statutorily provided disability leave benefits against his annual vacation leave. The court is ordering the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to award the full value of the leave benefits and to consider issuing … Read More »

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CHP Officer, Wife Facing Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

Sacramento County prosecutors filed fraud charges against a California Highway Patrol officer and his wife for allegedly faking the extent of his injuries from an on-the-job accident and malingering to collect benefits. The couple – Daniel Cory Clapp and Jolea Marie Clapp – are facing five felony counts including conspiracy charges and up to five … Read More »

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Investigation of California’s State Fund Ends

A four-year joint investigation into alleged criminal misconduct at State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), including alleged conflicts of interest and misuse of funds by board members and former executives of California’s largest workers’ comp carrier, is ending with a whimper.  No charges will be filed and key investigators issued nary a public word on the … Read More »

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SCIF Investigation Heats Up (2)

Officials from four government agencies serve search warrants at the offices of the Builders Exchange in Redding today. It is part of an investigation into alleged misconduct by former board members and employees of State Compensation Insurance Fund.  Kent Dagg, who was asked to resign as a director of State Fund heads the Builders Exchange. … Read More »

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