I never actually thought I would be writing this column. Pundits and pollsters minimized the chance of a Trump victory. Recently I attended an event at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The speaker, Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe, somewhat smugly assured the crowd of what they wanted to hear, i.e. that there was

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Sometimes legislation sort of flies under the radar. Stakeholders keep their eye on the  bills that have major consequence, and the small bills don’t get attention. But sometimes small packages can accomplish good things. So it was this year with AB 2164 (O’Donnell and Cooper), a bill to amend California Education Code 68120(a)(4). This is

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Even though the Obama administration is on the last lap, it has now waded into the debate about whether workers’ comp systems are failing employees and employers. The October 2016 report of the U.S. Department of Labor  (see link at the bottom of this post) is titled “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill its Obligations to

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What politician doesn’t want to preside over either an expanding economy or decreasing operational costs for business? That’s the position that Jerry Brown and Dave Jones find themselves in. Jones gets to make the call as to what the “pure premium” rate for California workers’ comp insurance should be in 2017. Should it be $2.22

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A flood of studies on workers’ comp have just been released (see links below). I’m speaking on a blogger panel tomorrow  at the CWC & Risk Conference in Monarch Bay, and I’m sure that these studies will be fodder for a robust discussion. The U.S. Department of Labor has released a study titled “Does the

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