California workers’ compensation News

California DIR Releases Overview of Upcoming New Laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released its 2016 Legislative Digest, which summarizes new laws that impact workers and employers. Most of the chaptered bills are slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Highlights those new laws include: …

Berkshire’s Applied Underwriters Defends Workers’ Comp Products, Says Brokers Should Not Be at Risk

Legal and regulatory squabbles in New York, California and other states involving Berkshire Hathaway and its Applied Underwriter affiliates over particular workers’ compensation products should not have any negative effects on brokers who dealt with the products, according to a …

California Workers’ Comp Bureau Lowers Rate Filing with Eye on Bills

The governing committee of California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Wednesday approved an amended, and reduced, rate filing for Jan. 1, 2017 workers’ compensation rates. It did so based on the hope that California Gov. Jerry Brown signs two …

Report: Most California Workers’ Comp Medical Review Decisions Upheld

An examination of California workers’ compensation independent medical review decisions shows roughly nine-in-10 of disputed medical service requests reviewed by an IMR physician agree with the utilization review determination that the service is not medically necessary. The IMR and UR …

California Court Says Staffing Agencies Can’t Self-Insure Workers’ Comp

A California Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s decision to exclude temporary staffing agencies from self-insuring for workers’ compensation, a ruling that upholds one of the provisions in the state’s sweeping workers’ comp reform law passed in 2012. The …

WCIRB: Continued Increase in California Claim Frequency

Workers’ compensation indemnity claim frequency in California has continued to rise unlike in most other states, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently issued an update to its Analysis of Changes in Indemnity Claim Frequency …

A Look at New Insurance Laws Taking Effect in 2013

With 2013 just around the corner, a number of states are preparing to implement new insurance-related laws. Insurance Journal highlights some of the changes that will take place around the country.

California Workers’ Compensation Bureau to Make Midyear Filing

California workers’ compensation insurers will be seeking a midyear correction — a 7.7 percent increase — in pure premium rates. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California reported that it will submit a July 1 advisory pure premium rate …