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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Outdated Definition Inflates Employer’s Workers’ Comp Rate

A California employer that sells and rents high-tech audio equipment to production companies, schools, churches, and others is being forced to pay a far higher rate for its workers’ comp coverage because of an outdated definition in the state’s classification system. A California Department of Insurance administrative law judge says the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating … Read More »

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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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Employer Beats Travelers Indemnity in Unfiled Side Agreement Case

The Second District Court of Appeal says that Travelers Indemnity Co. cannot enforce the arbitration clause in a retrospective rating plan endorsement because the carrier failed to file the documents before use. The court of Appeal is refusing to upset a trial court finding that the arbitration provisions are “unenforceable and void.” The court also … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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