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California Workers’ Comp Division Says Temporary Total Disability Rates to Increase for 2019

The 2019 minimum and maximum temporary total disability rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2019, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on Tuesday. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $182.29 to $187.71 and the maximum TTD rate will …

WCIRB: California Workers’ Comp Written Premium to be Down Again This Year

Lower workers’ compensation rates in California will bring down written premium once again this year, according to a forecast from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. That revelation is expected in a full report on the state of California’s workers’ …

California State Fund Says It Reduced Opioid Prescriptions by 60%

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund is reporting a significant reduction in the number of opioid prescriptions for injured workers through a program launched four years ago. State Fund’s opioid-reduction strategy, which included early prevention in new cases and reduction of …

California Commissioner: Insurers Pocketing Comp Profits, Not Passing Savings to Employers

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday adopted a revised workers’ compensation insurance advisory pure premium rate by lowering the benchmark to $1.74 per $100 of payroll for workers’ comp. The change is effective July 1, 2018. Jones has reduced …

Workers’ Comp Claim Cost Changed Little in Indiana Since Reform Law Took Effect

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ comp system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute study. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th Edition, …

Southern California Police Officer Arrested in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

The Los Angeles Police Department says one of its officers has been arrested on suspicion of workers’ compensation fraud. Officials say Officer John Bailey was taken into custody this week after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. City …

Idaho Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease Another 3.4% in June

The Idaho Department of Insurance has approved a proposal from the National Council on Compensation Insurance for another 3.4 percent decrease to workers’ compensation insurance rates. The decrease is effective for policies issued or renewing after May 31, 2018. This …

Good News on Opioid Usage for a Change – it’s Down in California Workers’ Comp

Efforts to curb the use of opioids in California’s workers’ compensation system appear to be paying off. New research from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute on prescription drugs used to treat injured workers shows that opioids now account for less …

California Construction Workers Injured in Elevator Shaft Fall

Authorities say four construction workers were hurt, three critically, after plunging 30 feet down an elevator shaft at an unfinished Los Angeles building. The Fire Department says the men were working on a five-story building in North Hollywood when they …

Washington Contractor Faces Manslaughter in Worker’s Trench Death

Criminal manslaughter charges have been filed against the owner of a Seattle, Wash.-area construction. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton. …