Gov. Newsom Vetoes One, Signs Three Others

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vetoed the most prominent workers’ comp bill sent to his desk this year and still has several days to act on legislation that passed this year. Following in the steps of his predecessor, Newsom rejected a bill addressing issues of potential discrimination in apportionment decisions. Newsom’s veto message for SB … 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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Employer’s Classification Challenge Under Review

A non-profit foundation that operates a senior assisted living center is challenging the workers’ comp classification assignment for three part-time clerical staff to class 9007 instead of the standard clerical classification in 8810. Class 9007 covers “all other employees” at senior homes and carries a rate of $3.20 per $100 of payroll compared to just … Read More »

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Pandemic-Related Claims Down in 2021

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau reports that claims from workplace exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus resulting in workers’ comp claims all but disappeared from March through July this year. But researchers expect a rebound in the second half of the year following the higher infection rates seen from the Delta variant. The Bureau is … Read More »

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Employer’s Conviction In Fatality Case Upheld, But Sentence Reduced

The Sixth District Court of Appeal rules that a concrete contractor was properly convicted for failing to have workers’ comp coverage, offering a doctored cert, filing a false exemption, and tax evasion. The appeals court also upheld a $10,000 fine.  But ordered the lower court to reduce Ian Czirban’s sentence from three years of federal … Read More »

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DIR Aims At Medical Fraud

The Department of Industrial Relations’ is bulking up its anti-fraud unit to find and take down medical providers who are cheating the state’s workers’ comp system. A veteran prosecutor will be leading the project. The team is charged with mining the vast amounts of data the state collects on every workers’ comp claim to find … Read More »

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