The State Compensation Insurance Fund announced this week that it expects a 1% average decrease in its workers’ comp premiums. According to a SCIF statement, although some accounts will see a rate hike and although SCIF will adopt some “rate relativity” adjustments, overall employer policyholders will see a slight decrease in workers’ comp premiums. That’s

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Are California workers’ comp benchmark rates stable or even decreasing? Or does the new methodology suggested by former Insurance Commissioner Poizner and used by current Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones actually mask a significant rate increase? This is a story that has received lots of attention in the workers’ compensation press, particularly in the Workers Comp

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Seeking to plug the dike to prevent a deluge of litigation, the WCAB has issued another en banc in the Messele case. Let’s call it Messele Dos. After the recent Messele Uno case, the workers’ comp community has been rife with commentary about whether prior panel QME appointments might have been procedurally invalid and subject

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The issue of pension reform in California is heating up. In various municipalities, efforts are underway to change how public employee pensions are funded. For example, in San Francisco voters are being asked to decide between several plans. Governor Brown has unveiled his plan, which is summarized in this piece in the Sacramento Bee, “Jerry

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It may not turn out to be that big of a deal. But recently there has been a lot of commentary in the comp community on the effects of the recent WCAB Messele en banc decision, known as Tsegay Messele v. Pitco Foods:http://www.dir.ca.gov/wcab/EnBancdecisi … Tsegay.pdf Non-lawyers will find the decision to be of the “how

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