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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NPR has produced a segment that focuses  in part on the situation of Frances Stevens, whose case is pending at the California Court of Appeal. Here is the link to the NPR webpage so you can listen or download the program transcript: www.npr.org/2015/03/30/395765942/employers-and-insurers-gain-control-in-workers-compensation-disputes I’d also recommend David DePaolo’s latest blog piece, “Year of Awareness”, DePaolo discusses

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Lately there has been intense interest in how California’s workers’ comp system is dealing with cases of severely disabled workers. Lions Raisins v. WCAB (Miramontes) could turn out to be important on that issue. More on that case in a moment, but first a little perspective on recent developments. Today ProPublica and NPR released yet another installment

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