Fight Over Fraud Funds

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is asking the California Fraud Assessment Commission to approve a change to the formula that splits employers’ assessment dollars between local District Attorneys and the Department’s anti-fraud unit. The proposal would redirect millions of dollars from the DAs to the Department of Insurance. The DAs are pushing back against the effort. … Read More »

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Fraud Assessment Climbs to $90M In 2024

The California Department of Insurance’s Fraud Assessment Commission voted 3-2 to increase the workers’ comp fraud assessment on California employers by 5% next year to $89,985,405. The two commissioners who voted against the proposal wanted an increase closer to the 16% that the District Attorneys requested and would have boosted the total bill to nearly … Read More »

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Uninsured Inspections Are Down

for violating Labor Code section 3722 last year. The state’s Uninsured Employer Enforcement Program completed 41 inspections last year and had another 51 open at year-end. The program levied nearly $1.8 million in penalties against the employers found operating without valid workers’ comp coverage but collected only $243,310 of the total – a collection rate … Read More »

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DoorDash Classification Dispute

The question at hand is whether DoorDash’s operations fall under the web-based development classification 8859 or the more general clerical and telecommuter classes 8810 and 8871. But there is too a third possible classification if  the contractors who actually deliver the food become reclassified as employees under AB5. DoorDash and the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Regulatory Filing Approved

The California Department of Insurance fully adopted the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s September 1, 2023, regulatory filing. A separate decision on the advisory pure premium rates is still pending. … Read More »

California Insurance Commissioner Handily Wins Second Term

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara won a second term to lead the California Department of Insurance with an easy 17-point margin of victory. The cities in coastal California and the Sacramento region delivered the win for the incumbent. Along the coast only Orange County and sparsely populated Del Norte County backed Republican Robert Howell – Orange … Read More »

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