Limited Impact On DIR From Revised Budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s initial budget proposal included $17.5 million in new funds for the Department of Industrial Relations to implement and enforce the provisions of AB 5 that took effect January 1, 2020. Despite a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, DIR is still in line to receive new funds. … Read More »

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California Supreme Court Opines On PAGA Claims

A California worker at the head of a private attorneys general act (PAGA) class action case alleging widespread underpayment of wages can continue to pursue the case even though he settled his individual claim, says the California Supreme Court. In a case of first impression, the justices held that “settlement of individual claims does not … Read More »

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More Money For DIR In Proposed Budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed $18 billion budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year includes millions more for the state’s Department of Industrial Relations. The administration is expecting many more investigations of worker misclassification allegations and, ultimately, thousands of additional workers’ comp claims in the wake of the AB 5 legislation. While DIR’s budget is getting a … Read More »

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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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Workers’ Comp Fraud Fight In Question

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation have been going to battle against workers’ comp fraud in California, and in recent years they have been finding some success. The recent retirement of director Christine Baker, however, has raised concerns in the industry that the fight might have gone out of … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Community Salutes Christine Baker

There was a palpable sense of loss in the room when the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation opened its meeting last week. The meeting was held just days after the sudden resignation of Christine Baker from state service after a successful and storied 34-year career. Baker was the Commission’s original executive director and … Read More »

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