WCAB Rules Updated, Remote Hearings Return

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board adopted the updates it proposed last fall to its Rules of Practice and Procedure. The rules formalize holding remote hearings, handling electronic filings, and serving parties electronically in a pandemic era. The new rules took effect on January 1, 2022. The Division of Workers’ Compensation also announced that effective January … Read More »

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WCAB Chair’s Reappointment Supported

The Senate Rules Committee gave unanimous support to Katherine Zalewski’s reappointment as a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board member. Zalewski has served on the WCAB since 2014, and she has served … Read More »

2021 Year In Review

It is time for Workers’ Comp Executive to provide a list of the most significant California workers’ compensation stories from the previous year. Some years, legislative developments like the 2012 passage of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms dominate the news. Other years’ market issues such as rising workers’ comp rates or insurance company … Read More »

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Employer Assessments Hit Historic Highs

The Department of Industrial Relations says it needs $1.377 billion to fund parts of its operations. Those ops include fighting workers’ comp fraud and paying claims under two special funds for injured workers at uninsured employers and those who were partially disabled and suffered a new industrial injury. Costs associated with the latter program – … Read More »

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Fraud Conviction Challenged

A federal jury took less than a day to consider the evidence and decide to convict Sam Saris Solakyan on 12 felony counts of masterminding a multi-million-dollar workers’ comp medical kickback and fraud scheme. The owner of Vital Imaging Inc. in Glendale and the San Diego MRI Institute is due back in court next Monday … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Assessments Go Sky High

The Department of Industrial Relations demands on employers (insurers) and self-insured again sets new records. The agency says it needs nearly $1.4 billion to fund 2021 operations. It expects employers … Read More »

RAND Study Fails to Consider Major Issues

Cal/OSHA is proposing an indoor heat prevention regulation. It will when effective, affect some 196,000 employers and about 1.4 million employees. The new regulation will cost employers between $657 million and $1.132 billion during the time frame between 2023 and 2032, according to a Standard Regulatory Impact Assessment commissioned by the Department of Industrial Relations. … Read More »

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