California Rate Recommendations’ Differences Largest In A Decade

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau made its pure premium rate filing official last week and sought a 2.7% increase in California workers’ comp advisory rates effective September 1, 2021 – the first increase since rates began to fall in 2015. The filing is at odds with the recommendations made by the public members of … Read More »

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State Fund Gets New CDI Review Of Tier Modifiers

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge is sending a dispute over the legality of State Compensation Insurance Fund’s tier modifiers back to the California Department of Insurance. The tier modifier dispute is the same as in the A-Brite Blind and Drapery case that is now pending before a Sacramento court (for past coverage see State … Read More »

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SCIF’s Rating Tiers Back in Court

Attorneys for the State Compensation Insurance Fund will be back in court this week for a second attempt at overturning a decision by former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones that undermines State Fund’s tiered rating system. SCIF thought its settlement with CDI put the dispute to an end but has since found itself on the losing … Read More »

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BIG DECISION: Travelers Loses Unfiled Side Agreements Case

“The big takeaway from this is that under Insurance Code section 11737, the Commissioner has the authority to review pretty much anything that affects what the insured pays for insurance,” says attorney Ryan Salsig with the firm Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani. The California Insurance Commissioner’s authority to require carriers to file key policy documents … Read More »

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State Fund Files Amended Writ In A-Brite Case

A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused to block California Department of Insurance Administrative Law Judges from using the findings from a settled case as the basis for deciding another one challenging the State Compensation Insurance Fund’s tiered rating system. The court sustained demurrers filed by CDI and A-Brite Blind and Drapery, who each maintained that … Read More »

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Travelers, CDI Heading To Court

Attorneys representing the California Department of Insurance and The Travelers will be in a Los Angeles courtroom next month to continue a nearly four-year-old dispute over what the Department says is the the illegality of the unfiled side agreements Travelers used in its large deductible workers’ comp program. Former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a … Read More »

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State Fund’s Tiered Rating Under Fire

The employer at the center of a dispute between State Compensation Insurance Fund and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara over State Fund’s tiered rating system is asking a court of appeal to bar SCIF’s petition for writ of mandate. The employer, A-Brite Blind & Drapery Cleaning, maintains that State Fund filed its writ three-months too late. … Read More »

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Baker Reforms To Beget Another Rate Cut For 2020

The governing committee members’ of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will meet this morning to consider 2020 rates. The result will likely be a recommendation for a low- to mid-single-digit cut to the workers’ comp pure premium rates for 2020 policies. Driving the cut are more of the same trends that have seen rates … Read More »

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