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 »

Workers’ Comp Assessments Drop For 2016

California’s insured employers will be paying a lower rate to fund the workers’ comp system in 2016 after the Department of Industrial Relations announced a major cut in the assessment rate for its main operating account. Overall, insured employers will be paying 3% of their workers’ comp premiums this year to keep the system running … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Assessments Include Controversial Funds

The Department of Industrial Relations’ workers’ compensation assessments for the 2013-2014 fiscal year includes funding for the as yet to be implemented return-to-work program created by the SB 863  reforms. The program is to aid workers suffering disproportional earnings losses and it added $60 million to the assessment bill that insured and self-insured employers are … Read More »

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Bill Would Penalize Payers for WCIS Noncompliance

A bill that would levy penalties against workers’ comp insurers and self-insured employers for failure to report data to the Workers’ Compensation Information System is causing angst among employers and carriers. Despite being sponsored by a business group, SB 826, authored by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), has payers concerned about implementation of the penalty structure … Read More »

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DWC Assessments Flat, but Individual Bills May Climb

Collectively, California employers will pay less to fund the operations of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Cal/OSHA and several specialty funds in the coming year. Overall, the amount collected is down 0.43% to $404.9 million, but the average employer’s bill could still be on the rise thanks to … Read More »

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Troubled Workers’ Comp Funds Face Sharp Increase in Claims Costs

The spigot is open again for injured workers who receive their benefits from California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEF) and the Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust Fund (SIF) (for past coverage, see State to Stop Paying…). The just-in-time budget prevented disaster for 2,700 injured workers who rely on these funds. But the … Read More »

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