Contractor Appeals Audit Claiming Independent Contractors

A small Southern California construction company that claims to be a sole proprietorship with no employees is asking the California Department of Insurance to intervene in a nearly $400,000 premium dispute with its workers’ comp carrier. The home remodeling company says it used independent contractors to complete its projects, but the carrier says the contractor … Read More »

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Fraud Assessment Increase

California employers will be charged more to fight workers’ comp fraud next year.  The Fraud Assessment Commission voted 4-2 to boost funding by 10% to $85.7 million. The increase amounts to less than a tenth of a penny per $100 of payroll, and total fraud assessments will still be less than a cent per $100 … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Await Governor’s Action

Workers’ compensation was not a major issue in the California legislature this year, and of the handful of bills still in play as the session came to a close, only two made it across the finish line. SB 788 by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), addresses race, gender, and other factors in apportionment decisions. AB 872 … 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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California Workers’ Comp Loss Ratio at 81%

According to the Bureau’s latest data, California’s workers’ compensation insurance carriers returned a pre-tax underwriting profit of nearly $2 billion last year. The 14% underwriting profit ratio is the third straight year of double-digit underwriting margins, but the results include State Fund’s numbers which adversely skew the results. The results sans State Fund are eye-popping. … Read More »

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Commissioner Lara Approves Anti-Fraud Funds

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara approved the recommended grant amounts for 36 county district attorneys to use to fight workers’ comp fraud in 40 different counties. The $45,889,371 in funds for the 2021/22 fiscal year is the same that California employers provided in the last round of grants, although the allocations differ in some cases to … Read More »

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District Attorneys Jockey For Anti-Fraud Funds

District attorneys from around the state made last-ditch presentations to bolster their requests for a share of the nearly $46 million that is up for grabs this year to fight workers’ comp fraud in the state. The money is part of the $78 million that California employers are required to pay to support the DAs … Read More »

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State Fund Remains California’s Largest Workers’ Comp Carrier

The 2020 California workers’ comp market share totals are in, and the State Compensation Insurance Fund remains the largest writer of workers’ comp coverage. However, there is a new member among the top 10 largest workers’ comp carriers. The new member is Arizona’s CopperPoint Group. Copperpoint bucked the general trend of lower workers’ comp writings … Read More »

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