Workers’ Comp: Continued Profitability

Workers’ comp continues to produce “stunning” financial results that far outpace all other types of insurance in the property and casualty industry. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) notes in its annual report that private workers’ comp carriers had a pretax operating gain of 23% last year. These same carriers have averaged a 13% … Read More »

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Search For Cell Service & Commercial Traveler Rule

A worker injured in a car crash 70 miles from the remote firefighting camp where he was stationed is covered by workers’ compensation even though he left camp without notifying or getting permission to leave from his employer. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and now the Third District Court of Appeal say the commercial traveler … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Still Highly Profitable

Workers’ compensation insurance continues to be a profit center for carriers in California and nationwide. Data extracted by Workers’ Comp Executive from a new report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows that carriers nationwide reported profits this year of 22%. In California, the results were roughly two points lower, with a profit of … Read More »

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City Manager Charged with Defrauding Workers’ Comp Program

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins filed a 62-count felony complaint against a city manager for allegedly taking over $627,000 from the city’s self-insured workers’ comp program. The charging documents allege that Stanley Ellicott used a fake vendor to bill the city for auditing workers’ comp claims and then pocketed the proceeds. As assistant director … Read More »

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Political Insights and Predictions From CWCI’s Annual Meeting

Capitol veterans say California’s escalating budget problems will likely limit opportunities for any significant legislation affecting workers’ comp this year. They note, however, that organized labor, applicant’s attorneys, and others whose interests are tied to the workers’ comp system are expected to use the year to lay the groundwork for potential reforms in the next … Read More »

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Committee To Hear E-Signature Bill

A legislative proposal to allow compromise and release (C&R) settlements to be signed with an electronic signature seems like a simple enough change to improve workers’ comp system efficiency, but it is raising concerns. The concern is the change could make it easier for criminals to commit workers’ comp fraud. The bill, AB 2337 by … Read More »

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Sexual Harassment or Workers’ Comp?

Attorneys for Los Angeles County are asking a state court judge to throw out a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by a female Sheriff’s Department sergeant. The county maintains that the Workers’ Compensation Act’s exclusivity provision covers the claims. “Any and all claims by plaintiff for damages, including, but not limited to, claims for … Read More »

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