Officials Halt Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have stopped the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.  At least six people are known to have developed a rare – and severe – type of blood clot. CDC is investigating the incidents. The six cases of cerebral venous sinus … Read More »

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COVID Surcharge, CT Claim Modifier Likely Out Of Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is deep into its analysis of California’s 2020 workers’ comp experience. It is working on the upcoming rate filing, which officials say will be one of its most challenging filings in years. However, two controversial provisions from the most recent filing are unlikely to return.  The Bureau is backing … Read More »

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CDC: Vaccinated May Gather Without Masks

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it is easing person-to-person COVID restrictions for fully vaccinated people. As employees continue to get vaccinated, the tight Cal/OSHA … Read More »

Workers’ Comp Insurers Are Wildly Profitable

Industry experts say workers’ comp written premium ended up being down some 8.1% in 2020 compared to the prior year. They predict that the sector will remain profitable with an 86% combined loss ratio.  Officials from the National Council on Compensation Insurance note that the combined ratio, if it holds, and it is likely to, … Read More »

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Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn COVID Standard

Several California agricultural organizations have issued a major broadside against Cal/OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) about COVID. The lawsuit is seeking to nullify the ETS entirely or several at least … Read More »