Workers Compensation News

California WCIRB Proposes Premium 7.8% Below 2015 Average

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2016 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.45 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRB figure is 7.8 percent …

Uber Headache if More Drivers Want Full-Time Status

Thousands of new full-time workers would spring into existence if Uber is forced to stop treating some of its drivers like contract workers, and the benefits that come with that employee status may entice part-time rideshare drivers to beef up their …

California WCIRB Report Shows Medical Bill Transactions Fell in 2014

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Tuesday issued its California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report showing medical bill transactions fell by $100 million in 2014. The WCIRB report compares medical payment transaction data from calendar year 2014 with calendar year …

QBE Completes Sale of Argentine Workers’ Compensation Business

QBE announced it has completed of the sale of the group’s workers’ compensation business in Argentina to La Caja Aseguradora de Riesgos de Trabajo ART SA, a company wholly owned by the Werthein Group, which has had a significant presence …

California Law Agencies Get $34.9M to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The grants are funded through employer assessments, and they support law enforcement efforts in …

Court Decision May Impact Workers’ Comp Side Agreements in California

A recent court decision may have the potential to change the practice of side agreements in workers’ compensation policies California, a practice that some say often goes on under the regulatory radar. Zurich American Insurance Co. and American Zurich Insurance …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Premiums Growing at Double-Digit Rates

Workers’ compensation premiums in California continue to grow at double-digit rates, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently released its “State of the California Worker’s Compensation Report,” and authors of the report on Wednesday highlighted developing …

SASSI Expands Workers’ Comp Program Into Additional States

SASSI, the Salon and Spa Specialty Insurance agency, has added an additional market for its workers’ compensation insurance program, enabling the agency to write this coverage in additional states. The program is designed to meet the needs of small to …

Arizona Court Says No Coverage for Worker Hurt in Wreck after Business Errand

An Arizona court ruling says an employee hurt in an auto accident isn’t entitled to workers’ compensation for her injuries though she had just made a business errand to finish her work day. The employee deviated from her normal commute …

Oregon Workplace Deaths Down in Second Quarter of 2015, Report Shows

Workplace deaths in Oregon for the second quarter of 2015 were down markedly from the previous quarter, possibly resuming a long-turn trend of deaths on average falling steadily since the 1980s, according to the the state bureau that tracks the …