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FLASH: Return-To-Work Fund Open & Easy-Peasy The Department of Industrial Relations cleared its last regulatory hurdle and is prepared to beginning receiving applications from injured workers for a share of the new $120 million return-to-work fund. Who can apply and when will the applications be accepted? Get the details here. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Gigantic Rate Cut For 7/1 – Here it is Carriers did their best to limit the size of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau's mid-year rate reduction but in the end supported filing one. How big is the cut and will carriers follow it? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Mid-Year Workers' Comp Rate Decrease Wait! What? A mid year workers’ comp rate decrease? How much? When? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...

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Return-To-Work Rates Puzzling Researchers What’s going on with return-to-work stats in California workers' comp? Is it hitting all employers the same or are some industries more troubled than others? Who are the researchs and are they even asking the right questions? Premium subscribers can get the story here. Read more here ... More...
New Opioid, Chronic Pain Guidelines Coming New guidelines for the use of opioids include a requirement prescriptions written or dispensed for opioids be reported to the Department of Justice for access by law enforcement and others. This applies to prescriptions outside of the workers’ comp system as well. How are the upcoming regulations different from past attempts to address the industry's opioid addiction? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Assembly Bill Proposes Expanding Language Services For Injured Workers San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu is seeking to make it easier for non-English-speaking applicants to navigate the California workers' comp system, but not all applicants will be treated the same. Click here to find out who he is targeting and why his plan might not work.   Read more here ... More...
Current, Former Claims Adjusters Accused of Stealing Over $500,000 From Carrier Prosecutors say they caught a pair of claims adjusters red-handed with over half-a-million-dollars in ill-gotten gains. Who was running the alleged scam and which carrier got taken? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
UCLA STUDY: Low Wage Workers Face Barriers To Workers’ Comp Researchers say they have identified some common characteristics of low wage workers that get injured on the job and well as key steps to preventing injuries. But what do they say it is like for the workers after the injury occurs? Get the details here. Read more here ... More...
Cal/OSHA Adopting Federal Recordkeeping – Many California Companies Affected What do car dealers, hardware stores and bowling alleys have in common? Under proposed Cal/OSHA rules, they will have to start recording their workplace injuries and illnesses. Click here to see the Cal/OSHA proposal and how you can weigh in on it. Read more here ... More...
Online Request System For QMEs Proposed The Division of Workers' Compensation is aiming to eliminate backlogs and delays in the qualified medical evaluator panel process. Which claims will be affected if the proposed regulations are adopted  Read more here ... More...
QME Shrink Faces Allegations of Inadequate Care State officials are taking action against a workers' comp qualified medical evaluator's medical license. Who is the target and what do they say he did and didn't do? Get the story here.   Read more here ... More...
Garment Manufacturer Hides $78M in Payroll From Government & Carriers State investigators say they caught a garment manufacturer cheating on their workers' comp premiums. Who were the carriers and how was the event turned into a bully pulpit for raising employer assessments? Read more here ... More...
Committee Passes Bill To Force DWC To Update Regulations Critics say that the state's regulations guaranteeing illegal aliens access to workers' comp benefits have been out of date for over a decade and are pushing the Division of Workers' Compensation update the measures. Who is behind the move and what changes are they seeking? Click here for the full story. Read more here ... More...