workers’ compensation News

California Chamber and 2 Workers’ Comp Groups File Brief in Utilization Review Case

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation have filed a joint amicus brief in Stevens v. WCAB, the long-running court case that challenged the constitutionality of the utilization review/independent medical …

California Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2018 to Increase

California’s 2018 minimum and maximum temporary total disability rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2018, the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on Tuesday. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $175.88 to $182.29 and the maximum rate will increase …

Arrowhead in California Launches Hard-to-Place Workers’ Comp Subsidiary

Arrowhead General Insurance Agency Inc. in San Diego, Calif. has launched a workers’ compensation wholesale brokerage arm that provides market access and specializes in harder-to-place risks and multi-state accounts. The subsidiary is called Valiant Insurance Services LLC. Currently Valiant is …

Michigan Court Rules for Westfield Insurance in ‘Employee v. Contractor’ Case

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed the ruling of a trial court in a case involving whether a commercial insurer or a personal insurer is responsible for paying no-fault personal injury protection benefits when a worker is injured in …

Louisiana Employment Picture Improves with Large Job Gains

Seasonally adjusted data for the month of May shows that total nonfarm employment gained 10,500 jobs over the month in Louisiana for a new figure of 1,983,200, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). This is the largest over the …

Harbor Gets California Department of Workers’ Comp OK for Telemedicine

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Harbor Health Systems it is one of the first companies to receive approval from the California Department of Workers’ Compensation to offer telemedicine through its medical provider networks. Through the video teleconferencing capabilities enabled by Harbor’s telemedicine …

New York Approves Workers’ Comp Renewal Notice Legislation

Final legislation has been approved in New York that aims to enable insurance agents to better serve workers’ compensation clients if signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation was developed by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of …

Report: California Wage Increase Will Require Hike in 2018 Comp Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage rose more than 3.6 percent to $1,206.92 in the year ending March 31, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said will boost temporary total disability and permanent total disability rates for 2018 work injury claims …

Settlement Deal Between California Commissioner and Applied Underwriters

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that the California Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries to stop what he calls “bait and switch marketing tactics” used to sell a workers’ compensation insurance products. …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends Psychiatrist for Fraud

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended Pasadena psychiatrist Jason Hui-Tek Yang from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system following his conviction in Riverside County Superior Court for his involvement in an insurance fraud conspiracy that referred patients for …