BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors … Read More »

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PAGA, Comp, Classification Issues Dominate Labor 
Secretary’s Confirmation Hearing

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Julie Su to be California’s next Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development received wide-ranging support from labor and business interests at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee. The Labor Commissioner faced questioning from committee members about the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), employee classifications in a post-Dynamex … Read More »

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Brown, Newsom Wield Appointment Authority

Amid a flurry of last-minute appointments, former Governor Jerry Brown opted to reshape the board of directors for the State Compensation Insurance Fund from the top down but left intact the status quo at the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Governor Gavin Newsom also opted for continuity with his selection of Labor Commissioner … Read More »

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Truckers Lose Classification Dispute

California’s common-law test for determining the status of a truck driver as either an independent contractor or an employee is legal and is not preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Act of 1994 (FAAA). The decision by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal turned back a challenge filed by the California Trucking Association … Read More »

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Brother, Sister Guilty In Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud Case

Sacramento area prosecutors secured guilty verdicts against a brother and sister who avoided paying the workers’ compensation insurance premiums they legitimately owed by hiding the true size of their landscaping business. It’s not the first time the pair have been in trouble for payroll issues. The duo also cheated the state’s Employment Development Department out … Read More »

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