Outdated Definition Inflates Employer’s Workers’ Comp Rate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schools, churches, and others is being forced to pay a far higher rate for its workers’ comp coverage because of an outdated definition in the state’s classification system.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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2021 Rates Are Out: Lara Rejects COVID-19 Surcharge

In a stunning blow to the Bureau and a major victory for California’s employers Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the 2021 pure premium advisory rates. There is an 8.6 overall average difference between what the Bureau recommended and what Lara approved. He is rejecting the Bureau’s filing for a COVID-19 surcharge on all employers – … Read More »

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Will There Be Consolidations For Steel Erection Classes?

The Bureau is backing a plan to consolidate seven different classifications and/or subclasses covering iron and steel erection operations into just two classifications – one covering structural operations and a second for operations installing items like handrails and elevated floors. One of the moves will have a minimal impact on covered employers of roughly a … Read More »

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Farm Labor Contractor Indicted

The father, daughter team behind a Merced farm labor contractor – Agriculture Services Inc. –are due back in court next month to face five felony counts for allegedly defrauding State Compensation Insurance Fund out of some $2.5 million in workers’ comp premium. The pair is alleged to have kept two sets of books to hide … Read More »

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Proposed Telecommuter Class, Updated Thresholds Now Under Review

The California Department of Insurance held its perfunctory public hearing on proposed changes to the state’s uniform statistical reporting plan, and the issue is now under consideration by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. The proposed changes include creating a new class for clerical workers who telecommute for work, updates to the variable split thresholds for differentiating … Read More »

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Six Felony Convictions In Premium Fraud Case

The owner of a paving company pleaded guilty to six felonies and agreed to pay over $1.4 million in restitution to two workers’ comp carriers as part of a deal to end a workers’ comp fraud case. Maurosan Milhomem, the owner of Viking Pavers, Inc., copped to the charges related to workers’ compensation insurance premium … Read More »

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