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FLASH: Provider Fraud Bills Clear Key Committee Employers and the insurance industry are now backing bills to attack provider fraud and ease some utilization review provisions. What changed to get their buy-in on these bills that appear headed to the governor’s desk? Get the story here.  Read more here ... More...
FLASH: 2.6% Rate Cut For January Rating Bureau issues official recommendation for Jan. 1, 2017 workers' comp pure premium rates. Get the details here. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: How Much Will Rates Be Cut In January The rate workers’ comp rates will be going down in January – the question is by how much. Click here to get the details on the final numbers. Read more here ... More...

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Legislative Deadline Looms For Comp Bills The Legislature is back and preparing for the usual end-of-session shenanigans. Several workers’ comp measures are hanging in the balance. Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Self-Insured’s Experience Barred From Rating Calculation When does the WCIRB have to use an employer’s workers' comp experience as a self-insured in calculating an X-Mod? When can it be ignored? A California Department of Insurance administrative law judge recently ruled on the issue. Premium subscribers can get the full story here. Read more here ... More...
Gov. Brown Signs CIGA Assessment Bill The California Insurance Guarantee Association’s assessment process for workers' comp premiums will be undergoing changes under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. What will the legislation do and how might it affect the bill that California employers pay to fund its operations? Get the story by clicking here. Read more here ... More...
Court Overturns WCAB On Leave Decision Did the California Highway Patrol improperly require an injured officer to use vacation time instead of leave under Labor Code section 4800.5? A Court of Appeal just ruled in the case and clarified the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board’s jurisdiction in such matters. Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...
Industry Seeks Additional Changes To OSIP Rules The Office of Self-Insurance Plans is reviewing public comments from its latest draft of regulations covering self-insurance in California. Where does the industry say improvements still need to be made? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Cal/OSHA High Hazard List For 2016-17 /OSHA’s updated high hazard industry list is out and nearly doubles the number of covered employers. Are you in line for a programmed inspection? Click here to get the list and the most commonly affected workers' comp classifications. Read more here ... More...
Carrier On The Hook For 7 Year Old Claim Why is a workers' comp carrier being ordered to pick up the tab on a claim filed seven years after the injury? Employer missteps played a key role in the case. Click here for the story. Read more here ... More...
Ace Subrogation Lawsuit Can Proceed, Court Says Did Fireman’s Fund turn its back on an opportunity to settle a case for a reasonable amount only to pay out much more just five months later? What remedies are available? A court of appeal just opined on the issue. Get the details here Read more here ... More...
BBSI Files 2Q Report On Time Barrett Business Services filed its second quarter 2016 financial report in a timely fashion after several prior quarters were delayed. What did the company have to say about its financial performance? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
State To Analyze Insolvency Risk for Public Self-Insureds Concerns about insolvencies of self-insured public agencies and the impact these could have on local taxpayers and workers’ comp liabilities. Efforts are underway to better understand the risks and ways to prevent a catastrophe. Click here to find out the next steps in the process.  Read more here ... More...
DIR Implements New Opioid Guidelines New rules are in place for prescribing opioids in California’s workers' comp system. What are the standards for physicians and how are the guidelines protecting the safety of injured workers? Get the story by clicking here. Read more here ... More...