Low wage work plagues the California economy. That’s the takeaway from another excellent study just released by UC Berkeley Labor Center, “Low Wage Work in California: 2014 Chartbook”. This study (see link below) is chock full of interesting (and disturbing) charts and graphs about large-scale low pay job in California. Consider a few highlights of

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Hispanic-Latino workers appear to be perishing at disproportionate rates in California. That’s the takeaway from an April 15, 2015 report filed by California’s Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) (I’ve included a link to the report at the end of this post). In four of the past five

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Cost shifting in workers’ comp is an increasing concern. Cost shifting comes in various forms. Employer premium fraud disadvantages honest employers and distorts the insurance market. In the last week we saw high-profile arrests of officials at a Los Angeles area sewing contractor for True Religion jeans. The sewing sub-contractors are alleged to have misrepresented

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What a difference an ocean makes. I’m on holiday here in Singapore, where illicit drugs are taken very seriously. Cannabis is a Class I, Category A substance. Being caught with certain quantities of cannabis (as well as many other substances) can result in the death penalty. Lesser amounts will result in caning (several dozen lashes) or

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California businesses and their advocates are undoubtedly pleased to hear that workers’ comp costs are likely to decline. That’s the take away from news that the WCIRB (Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau) Governing Committee announced intentions to do a mid-year rate filing requesting that the “pure premium” rate be lowered. The actual rate filing has

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