Workers’ Comp Filing Proposed Changes

The industry-backed committee charged with updating California’s workers’ comp classifications and the rules for calculating premium approved a number of changes. The changes include increasing the state’s dual wage thresholds and updating the minimum and maximum payroll limits for 16 different classifications. The most important change, however, might be the sunsetting of two Covid-19 rules. … Read More »

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Bureau Wants to Add COVID Claims to X-Mods

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is proposing to end rules that prevent Covid-19 claims from impacting employers’ X-Mods. Moreover, is also moving to end two regulations adopted as the pandemic took hold which allowed some payments to employees to be excluded from the payroll calculation or reassigned to the clerical classification. The Bureau is … Read More »

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Pandemic-Related Claims Down in 2021

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau reports that claims from workplace exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus resulting in workers’ comp claims all but disappeared from March through July this year. But researchers expect a rebound in the second half of the year following the higher infection rates seen from the Delta variant. The Bureau is … Read More »

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Another Third-Party COVID-19 Claim

A California employer’s fight against an attempted third-party liability claim for COVID-19 is drawing national attention. Will it protect the workers’ compensation system’s exclusivity provision? The fight in state court mirrors another case where a federal court said workers’ compensation covers the claim, but here the trial court is prepared to let the negligence and … Read More »

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Order Up

On Thursday, August 12, the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health made headlines by amending its existing Health Order (C19-07) to add requirements for proof of … Read More »

California Workers’ Comp Loss Ratio at 81%

According to the Bureau’s latest data, California’s workers’ compensation insurance carriers returned a pre-tax underwriting profit of nearly $2 billion last year. The 14% underwriting profit ratio is the third straight year of double-digit underwriting margins, but the results include State Fund’s numbers which adversely skew the results. The results sans State Fund are eye-popping. … Read More »

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Not Quite The Dog Days

July can often be thought of as a quiet time for those who observe the workers’ compensation system in California. The Legislature rushed through Committee deadlines before going on summer … Read More »

Market Hardening for Excess Workers’ Comp

California’s excess workers’ comp market was relatively steady last year at just over $200 million in written premium by the same 19 carrier groups that wrote business the prior year. Beyond the topline number, however, there were significant changes. Two carriers cut back sharply. Excess workers’ comp coverage is bought by self-insured employers, self-insured public … Read More »

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