WCIRB Considers Rate Increase

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee will meet later this morning to deliberate about its upcoming September 1, 2022, advisory pure premium rate filing. The agency’s staff will likely recommend increasing California workers’ comp rates again. Earlier attempts were rebuffed by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the actuaries at the California Department of … Read More »

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California Supreme Court In Covid-19 Third-Party Liability Case

California’s highest court is requiring that a California employer must face a negligence lawsuit alleging that one of its employees took home a case of Covid-19 from the workplace that led to a family member’s infection. The Supreme Court refused a petition challenging a lower court’s finding that the case is not barred by the … Read More »

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New ETS Language Posted

With only two weeks left before an April 21st vote on the final version of Cal/OSHA’s COVID emergency temporary standard, the Standards Board has published the language the board will … Read More »

Feared Spike In CT Claims Begins

The long-feared spike in workers’ comp cumulative trauma claims due to the Covid-19 pandemic and recession may now be materializing. For two years, industry analysts have been looking for early indicators of a spike in CT claims in transactional data, but it wasn’t apparent. Until now. The first unit stat data for 2020 shows a … Read More »

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Ninth Circuit Hears Covid Third-Party Liability Case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in a case to overturn a decision that holds the workers’ comp exclusivity provision bars a lawsuit alleging employer liability for the case of Covid-19 contracted by the spouse of an employee. The underlying decision in Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks is at odds with a recent … Read More »

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Rand Study Questions Legislative Actions

Researchers from the Rand Corp. say that the workers’ comp presumptions California enacted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic likely targeted the occupations most at risk of contracting the virus but say it is unclear if they were beneficial overall. The report also casts doubt on the benefits of cutting employers time to investigate claims, … Read More »

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Work Comp Access To Care

The pandemic put a heavy strain on the healthcare system’s ability to deliver care amid surges in cases and high infection rates among healthcare workers. But new research indicates that the workers’ comp system continued delivering timely care to injured workers throughout the pandemic. Alex Swedlow (see photo) with the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) … Read More »

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