Democrat Proposal A Major Cost Driver For Employers

California employers can expect to pay more, a lot more, if a proposed bill to create a state-run wraparound medical provider network (MPN) becomes law. Experts note that employers will pay millions to develop and maintain this state-run all-encompassing network. The proposed change will drive up the cost of care by losing network discounts on … Read More »

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Applicant Attorneys, Labor All In For Expanding Dynamex Decision

The question of who or what is an independent contractor is front and center, both for wage and hour and tax issues and for workers’ comp. The state legislature will be the scene of a major fight this year over the California Supreme Court’s employee classification decision in the Dynamex case and parties on both … 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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DWC To Unveil Proposed Drug Formulary

The first draft of California’s workers’ comp drug formulary could be ready for circulation and comment as early as May. That’s the word from officials at the Department of Industrial Relations who were called to testify before a joint legislative committee that’s reviewing the Division’s progress in meeting the legislative mandate. Under the terms of … Read More »

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Brown, Jones Reappoint Business And Labor Representatives To Workers’ Comp Panels

Key figures on two panels with significant influence over California workers’ comp system and the rates employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance will be returning for fresh terms. Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed two members to the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation while Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is sending two public members back to … Read More »

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Vendors Figure Ways Around SB 863 Savings – Employers Could Be Stuck

California’s insured employers, workers’ comp carriers, and self-insured employers are concerned. They fear state officials are developing regulations that will give medical interpreters and copy services a way to escape SB 863’s cost control measures for liens – a way into more litigation. Nearly half the promised savings from last year’s reform are at stake … Read More »

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ACORN Director, Public Employees Lobbyist, & JPA Director Appointed to CHSWC

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Doug Bloch, a former ACORN director, as a labor representative to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation.  Bloch replaces the well respected Darrel “Shorty” Thacker. According to the governor’s office, Bloch served as the state-wide political director for the California branch of the Association of Community Organization … Read More »

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