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 »

Budget Request For More Coronavirus Related Positions

The Department of Industrial Relations is providing detail about its request for an additional $8.7 million – paying for some 43 positions next fiscal year. It wants the money to pay for the added workload from three COVID-19 related bills. The legislation created a presumption for some cases of the virus and sought to boost … 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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Senate Committee Probes Combining Appeals Boards

Finding recent testimony convincing, the Legislature is content to leave the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board in their present forms. It came as a relief to many despite suggestions of paring back or even combining the two. The Appeals Boards serve as specialty courts, both on an … Read More »

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LXXXVII Wall Street on the Delta

Accountability has become a new catchphrase along the Potomac as Congress plans to spend more than $1 trillion to resuscitate our flagging economy. The Bush administration’s inability to adequately account … Read More »