Riverside County Busts Alleged SJDB Fraud Ring

Prosecutors in Riverside County filed criminal charges against 14 persons. They are accused of running a scam that bilked California employers out of some $22 million. Instead of funds going to pay for retraining services so injured workers could resume their work lives, investigators say they went instead to two “sham” vocational schools and a … Read More »

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2021 Rates Are Out: Lara Rejects COVID-19 Surcharge

In a stunning blow to the Bureau and a major victory for California’s employers Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the 2021 pure premium advisory rates. There is an 8.6 overall average difference between what the Bureau recommended and what Lara approved. He is rejecting the Bureau’s filing for a COVID-19 surcharge on all employers – … Read More »

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No CIGA Surcharges for 2021

The California Insurance Guarantee Association continues to make headway in reducing the outstanding balance for the workers’ comp claims it inherited from failed workers’ comp carriers. Its board of directors heard earlier this month that it is still on track to pay claims without any need for additional assessments on California employers. “This is a … Read More »

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Abuse Of Copy Service Rules

Employers and copy service providers over the years have aired a litany of complaints against each other over alleged billing and payment abuses. The state’s adoption of a new copy service fee schedule in 2015 eliminated some of the acrimony. But comments on the state’s proposed new workers’ comp copy service fee schedule update show … Read More »

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DWC Accepting Comments About Copy Service Fee Regs

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is taking another run at updating California’s copy service fee schedule. The agency is seeking comments on a slightly revised, year-old proposal via its informal public forum process. The update proposes the first increase in the flat rate paid for copy services – from $180 to $210 – since the … Read More »

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CIGA Actuaries Say Agency’s Reserves Remain Strong

California’s backstop for the insurance industry is sitting in solid financial shape despite the economic downturn’s negative impact on interest rates. Executive Director Brad Roeber and his team at the California Insurance Guarantee Association report that even under a pessimistic “worst-case” workers’ comp claims cost scenario, the agency has enough cash and assets to pay … Read More »

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Self Insurance Rules Final

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of Self-Insurance Plans finally wrapped up rulemaking on one of the last pieces of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms. The Office of Administrative Law approved the agency’s revised submission for new reporting rules and forms for public agencies that self-insure for workers’ compensation. The regulations took effect … Read More »

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Public Self-Insurer Regulations Back At OAL

The Office of Self-Insurance Plans (OSIP) resubmitted its proposed regulations for public self-insurers to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for formal approval. Public self -insured are public agencies who self-insure as opposed to private enterprises. Earlier, OAL took the rare step of rejecting the agency’s filing for being unclear and for failing to comply … Read More »

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