Classification Dispute: Housekeeping Vs Janitorial

A company that provides housekeeping services under contract to a timeshare development that also rents out rooms on a nightly basis is challenging the reassignment of its payroll from a classification for hotels/motels to one for janitorial services. The reassignment affected the company’s entire payroll and resulted in an additional $96,000 in workers’ comp premium. … Read More »

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PacificComp Leadership Shake Up

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, the former Arizona state fund and the new owners of Pacific Compensation Insurance Company (PacificComp), is putting its own stamp on the leadership structure for its California-based subsidiary. The company tapped Dave Kuhn as its new executive vice president of corporate distribution and as regional president of PacificComp. Former PacificComp CEO … Read More »

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PacificComp Sale To CopperPoint Complete

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, the privatized former state fund in Arizona, has completed its acquisition of Pacific Compensation Insurance Company (PacificComp) from Alleghany Insurance Holdings. The deal marks CopperPoint’s entrance into the California workers’ comp market. PacificComp will continue to operate under its own brand name. The $150 million all-cash sale of PacificComp to CopperPoint … Read More »

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PacificComp Boosts California Comp Book

Pacific Compensation Insurance Company in the Alleghany (NYSE: Y) family of carriers is reporting a sharp uptick in California written premium through the first nine months of 2016. The carrier says it wrote nearly 34% more business in the third quarter than it did last year. So far this year the total is up over … Read More »

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Industry Experts Launch Workers’ Comp Executive Blogs

Workers’ Comp Executive is excited to announce the launch of a new regular feature for subscribers – topical articles written by outside industry experts on the workers’ comp issues of the day.  The high value-added feature launched this week with a panel of three experts, with additional voices and some interesting guests brought into to … Read More »

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Copy Service Fee Schedule Proposal Troublesome

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) attempts to create a copy service fee schedule for California’s workers’ comp system is likely heading for significant changes and another round of public comments. The results of the latest 15-day comment period show respondents pointing out erroneous legal references that would make the schedule more expensive than intended, … Read More »

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Concerns For Employers And Carriers: Independent Medical Reviews

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) first set of revisions to new rules governing the independent medical review (IMR) processes addressed some concerns, but also raised new ones for the payor community. Chief among them are concerns about unrealistic timelines, a weakening of SB 863’s call for standardization and the continued ability for some cases … Read More »

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Berkshire’s Rob Darby New WCIRB Chairman

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s (WCIRB) governing committee this morning voted to appoint Rob Darby chairman until an election of new members at the annual meeting in March. Darby replaces Jim Little as chairman who lost his seat on the Committee following management changes at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company. Darby has an impressive background. … Read More »

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