Top Workers’ Comp Stories of 2018

Every year the first issue of the Workers’ Comp Executive includes a “Top Stories” item covering the hottest topics from the past year. Some years, the top stories might be driven by Legislative changes or new interpretations of existing law by the courts or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Others it might be the market … Read More »

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It’s Commissioner Lara – What’s Going to Happen

It took nearly two weeks of vote counting before the race was officially called, but most astute analysts understood who won immediately.  Democrat Ricardo Lara prevailed in one of the few closely contested statewide races. Lara’s advantage over former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who ran as an Independent, was just around 500,000 votes with over … Read More »

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It’s Poizner vs Lara

California’s next insurance commissioner will be either independent Steve Poizner who formerly held the office or Democrat Ricardo Lara. Poizner was the top vote getter in last week’s primary that included two Democrats as well as a candidate from the Peace and Freedom party. According to the Secretary of State’s office, Poizner collected 41.6% of … Read More »

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Steve Poizner’s In – As an Independent

Steve Poizner, is jumping into the 2018 race to reclaim the office of California Insurance Commissioner. Poizner previously held the position from 2007 through 2011 as a Republican but is running, this time, as an independent. In 2007, he was the only Republican elected statewide. Poizner confirmed the details to Workers’ Comp Executive, “I am … Read More »

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Experience Rating Plan Changes To Hit X-Mods

Employers with one or more claims in their experience better get ready for sticker shock when they get their 2013 workers’ comp policy renewal quotes. Not only are rates on the increase, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB or Bureau) is increasing the charges in its credibility tables for the experience rating system and … Read More »

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Numbers Surrounding SB 863’s Workers’ Comp Reforms Still Questionable

The Legislative session is coming to a rapid close and legislators are being asked to hit a moving target in reforming the state’s troubled workers’ compensation system. Yesterday, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating WCIRB (WCIRB) said proposed reforms would actually increase system wide costs beginning in the second year.  It is now projecting annual savings … Read More »

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CDI and Jones Rebuke WCIRB Submission

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones have rebuked the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB). The bureau made an information rate filing that suggested raising rates 40%. But CDI objected, saying WCIRB was attempting to lead insurers without a rate hearing. The filing was planned as a rate filing but … Read More »

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SCIF Scandal/Conflict Avoided: Richardson Steps Down

State Compensation Insurance Fund board member Jim Richardson, president of The Doctors Insurance Company (TDIC), is voluntarily relinquishing his duties as a director for the state’s largest workers’ comp carrier. Richardson’s decision to resign avoids what some have termed “a potential conflict of interest,” and creates a vacancy on the 11-member board. But others think … Read More »

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