Private Self-Insureds Results

California’s private employers that self-insure their workers’ compensation obligation saw their number of claims increase for the fifth year in a row (see chart below). But not all of the increase is due to the higher employment levels during the five-year period. According to data released by the Office of Self-Insurance Plans, there were 3.7 … Read More »

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California Horse Racing SIG Pulls Up Lame

The 430-plus active members of the Post Time Self-Insurance Group (SIG) are facing a new economic challenge because of the Chinese coronavirus related shutdown. The group’s board of directors and group administrator, SIG Solutions, issued a significant special assessment on members to cover a budget shortfall due to higher than expected workers’ comp claim frequency … Read More »

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California Self-Insureds’ Numbers Reflect Market Changes

Private self-insured employers in California workers’ comp collectively are seeing an increased number of claims, but they decreased future liabilities last year. Somewhat counterintuitively, for the third year in a row, the number of new claims reported increased. All of this comes against a backdrop of stagnant employment numbers. Total employment was 2,259,451 in 2015 … Read More »

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Court Rejects SIG’s Joint Liability Assessment

Members of self-insured groups (SIGs) are jointly and severally liable for each other’s losses, but a California Court of Appeal says the individual liability applies only to losses from years in which a member was actively covered by the group. The court rejected a self-insured group administrator’s attempt to assess former members of the failed … Read More »

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SISF Gets Its Lawyers Back… Maybe

A California Court of Appeal says it isn’t necessary to automatically disqualify the lead counsel for the California Self-Insurers’ Security Fund for hiring away a defense attorney from the other side in an on-going case. But it also chose to give the lower court a chance to determine if disqualification is warranted. The lower court … Read More »

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40M SISF Lawsuit In Jeopardy

California’s Self-Insurers’ Security Fund’s (SISF) $40 million lawsuit for joint and several liability against hundreds of former members of a failed healthcare industry self-insured group (SIG) has been delayed. A court has forced it to obtain new counsel. The case, which is over three years old, is being stayed to give SISF time to find … Read More »

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California Wants Self-Insurance To Compete With Private Carriers

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of Self-Insurance Plans (OSIP) launched the regulatory rewrite in late 2015 to make self-insurance a more attractive alternative than buying workers’ comp coverage on the open market. The agency underwent a leadership change during the rulemaking process which complicated the effort and lead to the organization barely completing its … Read More »

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Industry Seeks Additional Changes To OSIP Rules

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of Self-Insurance Plans is reviewing industry comments on its latest draft of regulations updating the rules governing workers’ compensation self-insurance in California. The comments on the second version of the regulations focus on safety and health provisions, and certain reporting elements of the regulations. The California Industrial Hygiene Council … Read More »

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