Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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Brokers Notify Clients Of New COVID-19 Emergency Safety Regulations

Agents and Brokers who have yet to do so should consider contacting their clients to let them know that Cal/OSHA adopted emergency regulations mandating new COVID-19 safety protections for employees. The regulation is already in effect. The emergency proposal faced strong opposition from the employer community. It was nevertheless approved by the California Occupational Safety … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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Wide Ranging Opposition To COVID-19 Surcharge

Public testimony delivered during Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s workers’ comp rate hearing and subsequently in written comments show wide-ranging opposition to the insurance industry’s proposed six-tier COVID-19 surcharge. The California Bureau filed a surcharge for all employers ranging from 1 cent to 24 cents depending upon classification. The Bureau inserted class into one of 6 … Read More »

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AB 5 Exemptions, COVID-19 Reporting Bills Approved

The bill signing season is well underway. Governor Gavin Newsom put pen to paper on many bills, including measures increasing the number of exemptions to the Dynamex ABC test and a bill requiring employers to report workplace cases of COVID-19 to local and state public health officials. In addition to these measures, brokers should take … Read More »

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COVID Presumption Signed – Effective Immediately

The Governor signed SB 1159, creating the rebuttable presumption that cases of COVID-19 are work-related. The law requires certain conditions to be met — including the obvious requirement that an employee test positive for the virus. The bill codifies the governor’s earlier executive order creating a presumption for essential workers. The bill also expands it … Read More »

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State Fund’s Combined Ratio Soars As Premium Drops

State Compensation Insurance Fund reports that net earned premium through the first half of 2020 is down over 20%.  The decrease helped drive up its combined ratio to nearly 146% (see chart on page 6). Part of the decrease is due to State Fund’s decision to take a 10% rate cut, but much is tied … Read More »

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Lots More AB 5 Exceptions

The California Legislature is sending a major group of exemptions from the Dynamex ABC test for differentiating between independent contractors and employees to the Governor for approval. It is an urgency measure and takes effect upon the Governor’s signature. He has indicated he will sign it. AB 2257 passed as an urgency measure, meaning it … Read More »

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