State Employees’ Workers’ Comp Costs Up To $900M

The bill for providing workers’ compensation benefits to California state employees reached nearly $900 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year as costs climbed 5.3% from the prior year. The increase amounts to an additional $45 million spent on medical care, indemnity benefits, and claims adjusting costs. The total cost as a percentage of state payroll … Read More »

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New Newsom Appointments Affect Workers’ Comp

Gov. Gavin Newsom is reaching back into the ranks of organized labor for his next Legislative Affairs Secretary. Newsom tapped Christy Bouma, director of governmental affairs for the California Professional Firefighters Association, to fill a position that California Labor Federation veteran Angie Wei is vacating. Wei and Bouma are also former commissioners on the Commission … Read More »

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State Fund Adjusts Filing As Premium Grows

State Compensation Insurance Fund reports that its net workers’ comp premium earned last year jumped 21.7% as payrolls at California businesses recovered from pandemic-induced shutdowns. However, company officials note that its calendar year loss and loss adjustment expense ratios are both up nearly 5 points (see chart). The financial news will be presented to its … Read More »

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Employer’s Conviction In Fatality Case Upheld, But Sentence Reduced

The Sixth District Court of Appeal rules that a concrete contractor was properly convicted for failing to have workers’ comp coverage, offering a doctored cert, filing a false exemption, and tax evasion. The appeals court also upheld a $10,000 fine.  But ordered the lower court to reduce Ian Czirban’s sentence from three years of federal … Read More »

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State Fund Written Premium Jumps

The State Compensation Insurance Fund’s board of directors will hear next week that the quasi-governmental carrier saw its net premium, earned through the first six months of the year, jump 24.4% compared to results at the midpoint of 2020. The results are due to higher reported payroll as California businesses reopen operations and bring back … Read More »

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Convicted Cop Owes Costs Of Investigation

A former California Highway Patrol officer agreed to plead guilty in a workers’ comp fraud case and pay restitution.  Later he balked at repaying the agency and the State Compensation Insurance Fund for what they spent investigating and proving the case against him. However, the Third District Court of Appeal says that Daniel Cory Clapp … Read More »

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California Department Prevails In Key Court Battle

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steven Gevercer issued a strong rebuke to State Compensation Insurance Fund in rejecting its efforts to force Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and special counsel Bryant Henley, a key advisor, to sit for depositions. Judge Gevercer also rebuked CDI and the lawyers for the company at the heart of the controversy. The … Read More »

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