Eight California workers’ comp rate cuts since 2015 is a stunning figure. Yet, that’s what is on tap if a August 2018 WCIRB Governing Committee recommendation ends up being adopted by California’s Insurance Commissioner. While this would be advisory only, and does not reflect what many employers actually pay (i.e. the average industry filed rate

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July and August are often sleepy months in the California workers’ comp world. Workerscompzone has been napping. But not this week. Yesterday Governor Brown’s office announced that he has filled one of the long-vacant slots on the WCAB by appointing Katherine Williams Dodd. Ms. Dodd has served as a deputy legal affairs attorney for Brown.

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Around each mid-year I look back at what were the top events and trends in California workers’ compensation during the first half. Here in no particular order are my picks for the top 10 developments in California workers’ comp for the first half of 2018: 1. 2018 is shaping up to be an important year

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The LA Times  published a July 2018 investigation on California workers’ comp (see the link at the bottom of this post). The piece runs under the headline “Workers claim injuries all over their bodies for big payouts-but continue their active lives.” It’s an interesting article. The writers seem to be fusing three stories. One is

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Each year the WCIRB prepares a report on California workers’ compensation losses and expenses during the preceding year. And each summer the WCIRB does a State of the System analysis. The workers’ comp system involves people, not just stats and charts. We must never lose sight of that, with the life story of injured individuals

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