WCAB Rules Updated, Remote Hearings Return

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board adopted the updates it proposed last fall to its Rules of Practice and Procedure. The rules formalize holding remote hearings, handling electronic filings, and serving parties electronically in a pandemic era. The new rules took effect on January 1, 2022. The Division of Workers’ Compensation also announced that effective January … Read More »

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2021 Year In Review

It is time for Workers’ Comp Executive to provide a list of the most significant California workers’ compensation stories from the previous year. Some years, legislative developments like the 2012 passage of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms dominate the news. Other years’ market issues such as rising workers’ comp rates or insurance company … Read More »

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Employer Assessments Hit Historic Highs

The Department of Industrial Relations says it needs $1.377 billion to fund parts of its operations. Those ops include fighting workers’ comp fraud and paying claims under two special funds for injured workers at uninsured employers and those who were partially disabled and suffered a new industrial injury. Costs associated with the latter program – … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Assessments Go Sky High

The Department of Industrial Relations demands on employers (insurers) and self-insured again sets new records. The agency says it needs nearly $1.4 billion to fund 2021 operations. It expects employers … Read More »

WCAB Urged To Continue Remote Hearings

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board commissioners heard nearly uniform support for proposals to continue allowing remote operations at the various boards and only limited support for resuming some in-person hearings. The Board’s proposal for a “meet and confer” requirement for Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund cases also received pushback from the head of the SIBTF. … Read More »

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DIR Nearly Ready To Study Fast Growing Funds

Department of Industrial Relations Director Katie Hagen says the Department is nearly ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an in-depth study of the state’s increasingly costly Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund.  Funded by employer assessments, the amount needed each year has more than tripled since 2017 (see chart below). Some of the … Read More »

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WCAB Proposing Rules Update

California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is proposing changes to its Rules of Practice and Procedure. The proposed updates would formalize and make permanent the option for holding remote hearings and electronic filings/electronic signatures.  Rules for objecting to remote hearings is also on the agenda. The current processes were put in place in response to the … Read More »

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