September 28. That’s the day now scheduled for public hearings on the WCIRB’s recommendation for a 30% workers’ comp premium rate increase (actually the recommendation is for a 29.6% increase). Yesterday the WCIRB submitted its pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance. You can see the filing here:https://wcirbonline.org/wcirb/resources/rate_filings/2011_rate_filings.html The hearing will be

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Hurricane season is upon us. Unsettled weather brings tropical storms, some of which turn into hurricanes. Some hardly make a dent, like recent Hurricane Alex. Some look threatening, but fade into “tropical depressions”, like recent Hurricane Bonnie. But others, (like Katrina or the Hurricane Hazel of my childhood memories in the Carolinas) leave a swath

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While attending a yearly meeting today in San Francisco for the Lexis Nexis California workers’ comp editorial board, I got into a discussion with several attorneys about dabblers. Dabblers are attorneys who dabble in workers’ comp. In the past, at the boards I’ve frequented (largely Oakland & San Francisco, and Sacramento earlier in my career)

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The WCAB is facing another round of furloughs. We’re not alone. Yesterday’s New York Times had a piece on the creative ways states and municipalities are dealing with their budget shortfalls. Hawaii is imposing furloughs on its schools. There will be less class time. An Atlanta suburb has decided to close down its public bus

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Is the WCIRB violating open-access agreements? That’s the question posed in a report by the Workers’ Comp Executive, a journal that covers important developments in the California workers’ comp industry. The Workers’ Comp Executive has filed a flash report charging that the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) is violating an open access agreement

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